Today, Congresswoman Betty Sutton (OH-13) released the following statement after voting against the House Republican's watered-down extremist version of the Violence Against Women Act:
"I cannot in good conscience vote for a bill that rolls back progress in protecting victims of domestic and sexual abuse. This is not the Violence Against Some Women Act, or the Violence Against Women with Exceptions Act; this is the Violence Against Women Act, and all victims of domestic violence need to be covered by it. The extreme Republicans in this House will now have an opportunity to come together with our colleagues in the Senate to move this legislation forward to protect women. I call on all sides to bring a bill back to this House that strengthens protections for all victims of domestic abuse in this country."
A lifelong leader on women's rights and trailblazer on domestic abuse issues, Congresswoman Sutton first introduced legislation strengthening domestic violence laws in 1993 as a member of the Ohio House of Representatives and has been a strong supporter in strengthening and reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act in Congress.
H.R. 4970, the Republican's attempt to weaken the Violence Against Women Act, has been opposed by over 100 different organizations that assist women who have been harmed by domestic violence. The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence has stated that this GOP version, "includes damaging provisions that roll back years of progress" and eliminates "important confidentiality protections" for women.