U.S. Congressman John Carney (D-DE) today released the following statement on the Violence Against Women Act, which passed the Senate with broad, bipartisan support in a vote of 68-31. Congressman Carney is a co-sponsor of H.R. 4271, The Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act, which mirrors the Senate bill and includes key protections for women stripped out of the House Republican version. House Republicans have refused to bring the Senate bill to the floor for an up-or-down vote. Today, Congressman Carney voted against the House Republican version of the legislation.
"As Lt. Governor and former chair of the Criminal Justice Council, I saw firsthand how important the Violence Against Women Act is for communities across Delaware. I am a strong supporter of the Senate version of this legislation, and I'm disappointed that House Republicans have decided to inject politics into an issue that has never before been controversial. The Violence Against Women Act has always passed with significant bipartisan support, and this year should be no different. The Senate version builds on the legacy established by Joe Biden in 1994 with the original passage of this important bill. The House Republican version falls short.
"The version put forward by the House Republican majority is missing critical protections necessary to shield women from violence and provide recourse to victims. I'm a co-sponsor of legislation introduced by my colleague, Congresswoman Gwen Moore, that contains the protections included in the Senate version. I urge my Republican colleagues to immediately bring Congresswoman Moore's version to the floor for a vote."