U.S. Rep. George Miller (D-Contra Costa) applauded the passage today of a bill to increase protections for women against domestic and sexual violence. Miller said he was glad to see the bipartisan legislation finally headed to President Obama for his signature after a long and unnecessary delay caused by opposition from extremists among House Republicans.
"I'm pleased to see the House finally pass this long overdue bipartisan bill that offers critical protections for all victims of domestic violence," Miller said. "Yet, it is nevertheless inexcusable and incomprehensible that it took so long to pass it.
"All women across the nation will finally receive the additional protections they need through this legislation that strengthens a law that has been on the books for years but that was in desperate need of updating," Miller added. "However, the fact that it took so long is one more clear demonstration of the House Republicans' complete inability to lead.
"I look forward to this bill being signed into law and it is my hope that this will not be the last bipartisan vote on important issues to come before the House this year. The American people sent us here to work together to get things done, not to block progress. We did that today for women across America and that is what we must continue to do."
The Violence Against Women Act was passed by the Senate last year but died in the House after Speaker Boehner refused a vote on the bill. The Senate passed it again this year with the support of every Democrat, every woman, and a majority of Republican Senators. The bill is designed to ensure that all victims of domestic and sexual violence--including Native Americans, immigrants, and the LGBT community--receive the protection they need. House Republicans tried unsuccessfully today to pass an alternative weaker bill that would not have extended protections to those groups.