Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) issued the following statement after the Violence Against Women Act was re-introduced in the 113th Congress, of which DelBene is a co-sponsor:
"I am honored to co-sponsor the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) for the 113th Congress. Protecting women against violence is a bipartisan issue, and this bill is too important to allow political gridlock to keep it from becoming law. Since it first passed in 1994, VAWA has been a critical tool in combating domestic violence and sexual assaults. It has assisted millions of victims in getting the support they need, and it has provided law enforcement with the necessary means to prosecute these terrible crimes. This legislation maintains these provisions while also expanding protections to victims in the LGBT, Native American and immigrant communities.
"I urge House leadership to move quickly on this bill and allow it to come to a floor vote. As a member of the House Judiciary Committee, I am eager to work with my colleagues to pass it and send it to the President for his signature.
"We cannot tolerate any instances of violence against women, and VAWA is bipartisan legislation that can help save lives and reduce violent crime."