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I'm Congressman Peter Roskam. Welcome back to Ask Peter
I'm here to report some good news. The House recently passed the Violence Against Women Act. It's known as VAWA.
I heard from Rene Osburg from Mount Prospect who sent me an email concerned about it, and also Julie Sass from Elk Grove Village, and here's the concern that they had:
It's a very important piece of legislation that is in place to protect victims of domestic violence, and sexual assault and stalking, things that nobody is tolerant of and we all need to be unanimous in fighting against.
The House took up an act that will authorize this act for another 5 years which is incredibly important, and it does important things.
There's some folks that want to dramatize this with a lot of politics and other nonsense, but the House did its work and did it well.
It makes sure that bureaucrats don't get in the way of real services to victims like making sure that the backlog of rape kits is dealt with in this country, incredibly important to victims of violent sexual assault.
I want to give a special credit to Congresswoman Sandy Adams from Florida who is a law enforcement officer herself and also is a victim of domestic violence. She brought a unique perspective and really led the House in this effort.
I need to hear from you through emails and Twitter and Facebook and old fashioned post cards and letters.