Congressman André Carson today will vote against H.R. 4970, a Republican bill that undermines the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).
Originally passed by Congress in 1994 and twice reauthorized with overwhelming bipartisan support, this landmark legislation revolutionized the U.S. response to violence against women and provided critical resources for victims of domestic abuse. In addition, each reauthorization has expanded provisions and significantly enhanced the legislation.
The Republican version of VAWA jeopardizes critical protections and excludes key provisions included in the bipartisan Senate bill, which passed last month by a vote of 68-31.
Specifically, the bill ignores the high rates of dating violence and sexual assault experienced by young people on college campuses, endangers protections for members of Native American and immigrant communities, and fails to include language that would prohibit discrimination against LGBT victims.
"Every victim of domestic abuse deserves support, assistance, and protection," Congressman Carson said. "It is troubling that during National Women's Health Week, Republicans are undercutting this effort by turning something that should have been unanimously supported into a partisan issue."
Carson added, "Those who work daily with victims of domestic violence know this is bad for victims. This bill closes the door of support on countless Americans."
In addition to the more than 100 national organizations that have voiced opposition to the House GOP bill, many Indianapolis-based organizations have also stepped forward...