Former Jackson County Prosecutor and U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill today released the following statement after Senate passage of the Violence Against Women Act:
"This is the second time in the last year this important legislation has passed the Senate with a large bipartisan majority. Protecting women and families from violence-no matter who they are or what their family looks like-is something I know we can agree on, and I strongly urge my colleagues in the U.S. House to quickly consider and pass it as well."
The legislation passed by a vote of 78-22, and now awaits consideration in the U.S. House. A similar measure passed the Senate last year, but never received a vote in the House.
The original Violence Against Women Act passed in 1994 with strong bipartisan support in both the House and Senate. Support for the legislation's renewal in 2000 was passed with a 95-0 vote in the Senate, and a 371-1 vote in the House. An even stronger consensus emerged in 2005, with unanimous approval in the Senate, and a 415-4 vote in the House.
Last year, McCaskill was joined by every Democratic woman in the U.S. Senate as they signed a letter sent to the female members of the U.S. House, encouraging them to pass the languishing reauthorization.