U.S. Congresswoman Susan W. Brooks (R-IN) took to the House Floor today urging members of Congress to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).
"This bill is not a perfect bill. No bill that Congress passes is perfect," Brooks said. "But I will tell you the victims being attacked can't wait for perfect. The three women and the one man who die every day at hands of their intimate partners cannot wait for perfect."
Following today's floor debate, the House of Representatives reauthorized VAWA in a bi-partisan fashion by passing the Senate's version of the bill. VAWA was also reauthorized in 2000 and 2005 and the last reauthorization expired in 2011.
"We as member(s) of Congress have the ability to give control back to the victims, to give control to the cops, to give control to the sexual assault nurses, to give control to the victim advocates, to give some to the shelters and the counselors," Brooks explained. "I'm asking this Congress to show the American people that we care. I do. Please pass this bill."
VAWA was originally passed in 1994 as Title IV of the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act and provides grants supporting efforts to break the cycle of domestic violence in communities across the nation. VAWA funds assist first responder and sexual assault nurse training, domestic violence centers, victim advocates and counselors around the country.
For more on Congresswoman Susan W. Brooks, please visit www.SusanWBrooks.house.gov.