Today, the House passed the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). This legislation is similar to the bill Senator Heller signed onto as the 60th cosponsor in the Senate. Heller's co-sponsorship gave the legislation the support it needed to pass cloture, a procedural vote with a 60-vote threshold required before final passage.
"It was important to me to make sure this bill passed the Senate, because ultimately, domestic violence should not be a political issue. Nevada is already having a difficult time funding critical programs, and reauthorizing VAWA is a perfect example of how the federal government can help when it is needed. More significantly, the organizations affected by this bill need to know they have the funding they need to protect women and other victims living in danger, day-in and day-out. Now that the House has acted, both the House and the Senate should quickly work out the differences between the bills and ensure reauthorization happens without delay," said Senator Dean Heller.