Congressman Alan Lowenthal on Tuesday called for the House GOP leadership to quickly bring up and pass a house version of the Senate-passed Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Reauthorization.
On Tuesday, the Senate passed S. 47, a VAWA Reauthorization bill by a bipartisan vote of 78 to 22. This Senate-passed bill is almost identical to the bipartisan bill that passed the Senate by a vote of 68 to 31 in April 2012.
On January 22, Rep. Gwen Moore (D-WI), Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) and other House Democrats introduced H.R. 11, a VAWA Reauthorization identical to S. 47. Congressman Lowenthal is a cosponsor of H.R 11.
"It has been 501 days since House Republicans allowed VAWA to expire," Congressman Lowenthal said. "The victims of domestic violence, dating violence, and sexual assault should not have to wait a day longer. Despite the fact that the Senate passed a strong, bipartisan bill in the last Congress, the House GOP Leadership failed to bring this important bill to the floor. Now, in this new Congress, the Senate has once again acted. The House must quickly take up this bill and get it to the President's desk for his signature. The victims of violence can wait no longer."
The Senate-passed VAMA bill significantly strengthens the ability of the federal government, the states, law enforcement, and service providers to combat domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. It also includes provisions to ensure that all victims of domestic violence receive the protection they need -- including providing new protections, based on findings from experts in the field, for tribal members, immigrants and members of the LGBT community.