Today, Congressman Bobby L. Rush called upon the House GOP leadership to quickly bring up and pass the bipartisan Senate-passed Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Reauthorization. Earlier today, the Senate passed S. 47, a strong, bipartisan VAWA Reauthorization bill by a bipartisan vote of 78 to 22. This Senate-passed bill is almost identical to the strong, bipartisan bill that passed the Senate by a vote of 68 to 31 in April 2012.
"This is a very important bill that will protect women," Rush said. "The victims of domestic violence, dating violence and sexual assault should not have to wait any longer. It has been 501 days since House Republicans allowed VAWA to expire. Despite the fact that the Senate passed a strong, bipartisan bill in the last Congress, the House GOP Leadership failed to bring this bipartisan bill to the Floor. Now, in this new Congress, the Senate has once again acted. The House must quickly take up this strong Senate-passed bill and get it to the President's desk for his signature."
This bipartisan Senate-passed 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.
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, the Senate bill, and Rush is a cosponsor of that bill. H.R. 11 currently has 181 cosponsors.