Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement today after the Senate passed a reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) by a bipartisan vote of 78-22, including a majority of Senate Republicans. Democrats introduced identical legislation in the House, which currently has 194 Democratic co-sponsors:
"Today, the Senate acted to reauthorize and strengthen the Violence Against Women Act, protecting and preserving a critical line of defense for women and families against domestic abuse. This is the second time the Senate has voted to renew and expand this landmark law in the 501 days since it expired. House Republicans refused to bring this comprehensive legislation to the floor last year; now, it's time for them to follow the Senate's lead, allow a vote on this strong, bipartisan measure, and send this bill to the President's desk without further delay.
"For nearly two decades, VAWA has brought domestic violence out of the shadows, protected women and children from harm, and saved lives. Moving forward, we must afford these same protections to all women, including LGBT Americans, immigrants, and Native Americans. By enacting this bill, we can again ensure that no woman is ever forced to suffer in silence in the face of abuse and no woman ever has to fear for her safety in her own home."