This week, Congress considers the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act. Ron Barber, Senator Paula Aboud, and Council Members Regina Romero and Shirley Scott together called on the Senate to put aside partisan bickering and act in the best interest of women by reauthorizing the Act.
"It is abhorrent that Congress is playing partisan games rather than protecting women in our community," Barber said. "When Congress first passed the Violence Against Women Act in 1994, they did so with enormous bipartisan support. Our country needs that kind of cooperative spirit again--too often recently we've seen good policies held up by the extreme wing of the Republican Party. When I am in Congress, I will work to find solutions, not to score political points."
"Southern Arizona women need politicians standing up for their needs and rights. And we want our community to be safe for us all, women and children included. The Violence Against Women Act has worked to that end--and the gains for victims of domestic abuse should not be put at risk because Congressional Republicans feel the need to bow to the most extreme members of their party," said State Senator Paula Aboud. "I stand proudly with Ron Barber today in calling on Congress to put aside partisan differences and reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act."
"I agree with Ron and so many leaders throughout our community--Congress must vote to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act," agreed Council Member Regina Romero. "I support Ron for Congress because of his vocal support for the women of Southern Arizona and his commitment to putting the right policies ahead of politics for the good of our community."
"Supporting programs that give our local law enforcement officials the tools they need to appropriately identify and prosecute domestic violence cases shouldn't be up for debate--and it certainly shouldn't be a political football," said Council Member Shirley Scott. "I am proud to join Ron Barber today in calling on Congress to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act, and know that once in Congress, Ron will continue to work on behalf of women and our issues."
Since the enactment of the Violence Against Women Act in 1994, incidents of domestic violence have dropped by over 50 percent. Included in the law are tough penalties for domestic violence, grants for local law enforcement to deal with domestic violence cases, and expanded efforts in rural areas.