Today marks the eighteenth anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act. After reauthorizations in 2000 and 2005, a strengthened version passed the Senate this spring with bipartisan support but is stalled in the House.
Dr. Ami Bera offered the following comment:
"Domestic violence is simply intolerable, regardless of age, creed, gender, orientation, nationality, or anything else. This should be common sense. It is unconscionable for extremists in Congress to reject a lifesaving bill with bipartisan support and instead insist on watering down the Violence Against Women Act. An issue this serious cannot be subject to fringe ideology or partisan games--this is further proof of the disturbing radicalization taking place within the Republican Party. We need compassionate leadership that will put people before politics."
The Violence Against Women Act was passed with bipartisan support and signed by President Clinton in 1994. It seeks to prevent domestic violence and empower survivors. The House Republican bill (HR 4970) diverges from the bipartisan Senate bill (S 1925) in its treatment of students, LGBT couples, Native Americans, and immigrants.