Representative Frank Guinta (R, NH-01) voted for passage of H.R. 4970, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2012 on Wednesday. It was approved with a bipartisan vote of 222 to 205.
The bill would reauthorize funding for the Violence Against Women Act for five years for grant programs to help prevent domestic violence and protect victims of abuse. The bill would make several key improvements to current law, including nearly doubling resources for eliminating the backlog of unprocessed rape evidence kits and cracking down on fraud identified in the immigration program. In addition, it would consolidate certain grants, streamline the process and ensure tax dollars are spent more efficiently.
Rep. Guinta made the following statement after the vote:
"For nearly two decades, the Violence Against Women Act has been a powerful tool in combating the abuse of women. It provides a mechanism for uniting the various stakeholders and a platform for building an effective community-based response. As a former mayor, I know input from the local level is the best way for targeting the use of limited federal funds to produce even more effective results. Under this reauthorization, grant consolidations and streamlined procedures will maximize efficiency in the coming years. I was proud to cast my vote in support of this bill and to stand with New Hampshire women who depend on the protection it provides.
"I look forward to working with the Senate to reach a compromise that will make sure this important legislation is reauthorized so it will continue without interruption."