Congressman John Boehner (R-West Chester) issued the following statement today praising House passage of the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act (H.R. 4970):
"I would like to thank Rep. Sandy Adams (R-FL) not only for her leadership on the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act passed by the House today, but also for her courage in sharing her own experience as a survivor of domestic abuse.
"Domestic violence and sexual assault are amongst the most abhorrent crimes perpetrated in this country every day. The Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act provides the tools necessary to prevent these crimes from occurring, protect the victims of these crimes when those efforts fail, and bring those responsible to justice.
"Like the Senate version of the bill, H.R. 4970 increases funding for investigations, prosecutions and victims' services, strengthens penalties for sexual assault, abuse and stalking, improves victims' protections, and promotes educational awareness and crime prevention. H.R. 4970 also improves upon the Senate-version of the bill by preventing fraud within the system, and making the grant process more transparent and accountable, as recommended by the non-partisan Government Accountability Office, to ensure resources are directed to those who need them most -- not Washington bureaucrats.
"In the 18 years since the Violence Against Women Act was first enacted, Congress has twice acted in a broad, bipartisan fashion to reauthorize the law. Unfortunately, Senate Democrats are, by their own admission, attempting to exploit the issue in hopes of generating "fodder' for election-year campaign ads. It is not only a cynical ploy, but a dangerous one for those depending on the resources and protections provided under the law.
"We owe all Americans -- and especially the victims of domestic violence -- a more honest and responsible approach. I urge Senate Democrats to put the political games aside, and come to the table to work out our differences so this critical legislation can be sent to the president for his signature."