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Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC


Ms. SCHAKOWSKY. Violence is violence is violence, and women are women are women.

For the second year in a row, the Republicans have advanced legislation that not only excludes additional protections for battered immigrant women and battered tribal women and battered gay women, protections which are included in the bipartisan Senate bill, but they've advanced a bill that actually rolls back essential protections that are already the law of the land.

We have heard from law enforcement, victims, and victim service providers on the need to pass the improvements included in the bipartisan Senate bill. Last week, more than 1,300 organizations which represent and support millions of victims nationwide joined together and said to bring the Senate bill to the House floor for ``a vote as speedily as possible.''

We need to pass the Senate-passed legislation so that victims of domestic and sexual violence don't have to wait a minute longer.


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