Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) today voted in support of the U.S. Senate's version of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). The bill passed the U.S. House with bipartisan support by a vote of 286 - 138 On February 12, the Senate passed the bill also with bipartisan support. The President is expected to sign the bill into law.
"Today is a great day for the thousands of women in Oregon and throughout America who count on the support and protection provided through the Violence Against Women Act," said Bonamici. "The passage of this bill is an example of what we can accomplish when we set partisanship aside and focus on doing what's right. The version of VAWA we passed today protects all those who are threatened by domestic abuse or sexual violence; it does not discriminate."
Bonamici voted against an amendment that would have stripped several key provisions designed to protect victims of trafficking, students, the LGBT community, immigrants, and Native women. Bonamici is an original cosponsor of H.R. 11, the companion to S. 47, which passed the House today.
VAWA provides federal funding to support investigation and prosecution of violent crimes against women, imposes mandatory penalties on those convicted, and allows civil redress in cases prosecutors chose to leave unprosecuted. The Act also reauthorizes the Office on Violence Against Women within the Department of Justice.