Congressman Jon Runyan issued the following statement in response to House Passage of Bipartisan Legislation to Reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act S.47:
"A little less than a year ago, I had the opportunity to sit down with local Burlington County officials and New Jersey based nonprofit organizations to discuss how VAWA measures are critical to protecting women and children throughout South Jersey. I left that meeting with a heightened sense of awareness of just how critical VAWA is to providing legal protections to women and helping them and their children transition to safety- and ultimately getting their lives back on track. The bottom line is that the protections and resources provided under VAWA have helped saved countless lives in South Jersey. For that reason, and for the safety of all women, I was pleased to lend my support to getting this critical piece of legislation reauthorized."
Congressman Runyan's advocacy for VAWA:
May 2012- Hosted a roundtable discussion with Burlington County Sheriff Jean Stanfield and NJ based nonprofits to discuss how VAWA measures are critical to protecting women and children throughout South Jersey.
May 2012- Introduced an amendment to H.R. 5326 that would increase funding for the Violence Against Women Prevention and Prosecution Programs without increasing the deficit.
2012- Joined with former Congresswoman Judy Biggert of Illinois in sending a letter to the House of Representative's leadership for the need to vote on VAWA during the 112th Congress.
Led a group of 19 Republican colleagues in sending a letter to Speaker Boehner and Majority Leader Cantor urging that the House of Representatives bring a bipartisan bill to the floor to reauthorize VAWA.
Took the lead with three Republican colleagues in sending a "Dear Colleague" letter urging Members to support the Senate's version of VAWA during floor consideration.