Congressman Dave Loebsack released the following statement today after the House of Representatives passed S. 47, The Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 (VAWA). After a long delay, the House has finally allowed a vote on the Senate legislation which passed last year and again this year with the support every female Republican Senator and which has the support of over 1,300 domestic violence, sexual assault, and law enforcement groups. Loebsack is a cosponsor of the bipartisan, comprehensive bill.
"I am very pleased that House leaders finally heard the public's call from women and men across the country, along with over a thousand organizations and groups and allowed a vote on the bipartisan, comprehensive Violence Against Women Act. I was proud to stand with my colleagues and cosponsor this important legislation. It was unconscionable that politics held up the reauthorization for as long as it has, it is long overdue. Today is an important day for women and families in Iowa and across the nation."