Today, Congresswoman Shea-Porter called on Republican House Leadership to pass the Senate bipartisan version of the VAWA Reauthorization. The Violence Against Women Act sailed through the Senate this afternoon 78-22. This Senate-passed bill is almost identical to the strong, bipartisan bill that passed the Senate by a vote of 68 to 31 in April 2012. The House Republicans are rejecting the bill because it expands protections to LGBT and Native American victims of violence.
"The reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act is long overdue," said Congresswoman Shea-Porter. "My hope is that this bill can pass the House in a bipartisan manner, like it has passed twice in the Senate."
On January 22, , Congresswoman Gwen Moore (D-WI), Congressman John Conyers (D-MI), and other House Democrats introduced H.R. 11, a VAWA Reauthorization identical to S. 47, the Senate bill, and Congresswoman Shea-Porter is an original cosponsor of that bill. H.R. 11 currently has 194 Democratic cosponsors.