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Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013

Floor Speech

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Location: Washington, DC

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Ms. CHU. I rise to oppose the House amendment. For nearly 20 years, Congress worked on a bipartisan basis to expand and improve the Violence Against Women Act. On three separate occasions, we found common purpose in protecting survivors of domestic violence. Today, we will try again.

The Senate bill protects immigrant, LGBT, and Native American victims. The amendment takes this all away.

Right now, an immigrant woman who fears deportation could be terrorized by a violent stalker. She would have no choice but to continue to live every day in fear. The Senate bill fixes this by giving this immigrant woman a legal means by which to save her life. This amendment would deny that protection.

The point of this law is to protect the vulnerable, not to cherry-pick who matters. It's time to return to bipartisanship and protect victims. It's time for the House to pass the Senate VAWA bill as is. We must oppose this amendment.

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