Congresswoman Linda Sánchez (CA-38) released the following statement after the House passed S. 47, the Senate version of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) re-authorization.
"I proudly voted to support the Violence Against Women Act, as drafted by the Senate. This strong, bipartisan bill provides all victims of domestic and sexual violence with the protection they deserve. America's women deserve these protections, regardless of immigration status, heritage, or sexual orientation.
"As someone who has seen the human face of domestic violence at women's shelters in my district, I wish that strong protections for victims had gone into effect last year. Instead, House Republicans insisted on a bill that would have created more hurdles for victims and made it easier for their abusers to escape prosecution. I applaud the House for rejecting a similar piece of misguided legislation today, and I urge President Obama to sign the Violence Against Women Act into law as soon as possible."
Once signed into law by President Obama, S. 47 will protect all victims of domestic and sexual violence, including Native Americans, immigrants, and the LGBT community. Today, Congresswoman Sánchez voted against a House Republican substitute bill, which would have rolled back critical protections for America's women.