Congressman Ami Bera celebrated the Senate's passage of S. 47 yesterday, a reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act. Despite the bipartisan vote in the Senate, VAWA has been held up in the House of Representatives. Bera is a proud co-sponsor of HR 11, the House version of the Violence Against Women Act.
"Since its initial passage in 1994, the Violence Against Women Act has protected American women from the threat of domestic violence and sexual assault," said Congressman Bera."Law enforcement officials, medical professionals, and members of both parties all agree that this bill is critically important in ensuring the safety of women. VAWA expired 501 days ago, leaving victims of abuse without protection. As a cosponsor of HR 11, I urge the Republican leadership to join the Senate in reauthorizing this bill."
HR. 11 strengthens existing protections and ensures that everyone, regardless of ethnicity, creed, sexual orientation or legal status, is safe from sexual violence. The Violence Against Women Act seeks to end domestic violence and empower victims. It passed with an overwhelming majority in the Senate, by a bipartisan vote of 78 to 22.