Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) released the following statement today urging the House of Representatives to pass the Violence Against Women Act. The legislation passed the Senate today 78 to 22. DeLauro is a cosponsor of a companion bill in the House and a longtime supporter for ensuring all women have the ability to be safe and secure in their daily lives.
"When one out of four women will experience domestic violence in their lifetimes, it is unconscionable that we have let the Violence Against Women Act lapse. Since the Act first passed in 1994, it has changed the landscape for American women. Domestic violence has dropped by over 50 percent. The bipartisan Senate bill modernizes the Act for our times, consolidates programs, and takes additional steps to reach victims of domestic violence.
"I hope the Republican House Majority does not play the same partisan games as last year and risk the lives of women. Passing the Violence Against Women Act ensures the continuation of essential protections that have made a difference for so many women. I urge Speaker Boehner to bring the Senate bill to the floor for a vote expeditiously so that women across the country will have the same protections their sisters, aunts and mothers had since the original passage of this landmark bill."