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Bonamici Calls on House Leadership to Allow Vote on Senate’s Bipartisan Violence Against Women Act

February 12, 2013
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) today called on leaders of the U.S. House of Representatives to quickly bring the bipartisan Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Reauthorization to the floor for a vote. Earlier today, the Senate passed a strong VAWA Reauthorization bill, by a bipartisan vote of 78 to 22. 

“Last year, gridlock in Washington resulted in a failure to renew the Violence Against Women Act,” said Bonamici.  “This law works. The rate of domestic violence has been cut in half since the passage of VAWA in 1994. There are thousands of women in Oregon and throughout America who rely on the legal services, temporary housing, and law enforcement provisions that VAWA provides. Now that the Senate has done its work, it’s time for the House to pass this bill. I strongly urge House leaders to bring the Senate’s VAWA reauthorization to the floor immediately for an up or down vote.”

On January 22, Bonamici joined with Rep. Gwen Moore (D-WI), Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) and other House Democrats in reintroducing the Violence Against Women Act. The updated bill significantly strengthens the ability of the Federal Government, the States, law enforcement, and service providers to combat domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.  It also includes provisions to ensure that all victims of domestic violence receive the protection they need – including providing new protections, based on findings from experts in the field, for tribal members, immigrants and members of the LGBT community.