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Providing for Consideration of S.47, Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013

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Mr. HANNA. I rise today in support of the rule which provides for consideration of S. 47, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013.

Mr. Speaker, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act has been successful. We have seen its benefits. It has saved lives and helped millions of women find safety, security, and self-sufficiency. While there are deeply held differences about some policies in the bill we consider today, now is the time to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act.

If a daughter, sister, or perfect stranger were raped, battered, or needed help, no one would ask or care what her ethnicity, national origin, or sexual orientation was before coming to her aid--nor should the Violence Against Women Act. No community, no person should be neglected when it comes to domestic violence. As a father of a young daughter, Grace Catherine, I don't know or care what her orientation is--and neither should Congress. I simply know that she and all women and girls should be equally protected under its laws.

We have an opportunity now to finally pass a bipartisan, inclusive Violence Against Women Act that service providers, law enforcement and, most importantly, all victims deserve. I urge my colleagues to support this rule and the underlying bill.

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