Today, U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci (OH-16) released the following statement on his co-sponsorship of H.R. 4970, the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, or VAWA.
"Domestic abuse remains a problem in America," said Rep. Renacci. "This five year extension of the Violence Against Women Act preserves the original intent of VAWA: to provide resources that help prevent abuse and to protect victims if violence is already occurring. Unlike the Senate version this legislation ensures victims remain the focus of the resources it provides, not Washington politicians and bureaucrats."
The House's reauthorization aims to improve VAWA, while still keeping important programs intact. Additionally, this legislation includes bipartisan elements of the Senate's version, S. 1925, while excluding controversial provisions that veer from VAWA's original intent.
Rep. Renacci is serving his first term in the U.S. House of Representatives, where he is a member of the Financial Services Committee. Prior to his election he worked as a Certified Public Accountant in the health care industry, and owned and operated over 60 other businesses in the automotive and sports management fields.