Yesterday, I opposed legislation that weakens long-standing protections for victims of domestic abuse and sexual violence. Unfortunately, this partisan version of the Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization passed the House.
We absolutely cannot sit back and watch these long-standing, important protections for victims of domestic violence and assault be taken away. As a former prosecutor, I know how important it is to maintain these protections. We've got to ensure safety measures are in place and resources available for the security of everyone in our communities.
Since 1994, the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) has helped protect victims of domestic and sexual violence. It has twice been reauthorized with overwhelming bipartisan support, each time with important improvements to strengthen VAWA. Since the passage of the Act, annual incidents of domestic violence have dropped by more than 60 percent.
H.R. 4970, the House GOP version, fails to include important provisions that addresses the high rates of dating violence and sexual assault experienced by young people. The bill also directly discriminates against specific populations by failing to protect all people regardless of status, race, or sexual orientation.
I am disappointed in my colleagues who have decided to roll back important protections for women. You can be sure that I will continue to fight for these civil rights.