Oppose Harmful House Legislation on Domestic Violence

By Ann Rose Greenberg, JWI Marketing Coordinator

The fight to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) continues this week in the House, where VAWA is expected to come up for a floor vote on Wednesday.

Just as victory was won in the Senate and we finally thought that bipartisan arguments about violence against women (which surely should be a non-divisive issue) were behind us, the House Judiciary Committee approved a version of the bill that leaves out essential protections for underrepresented populations. A New York Times editorial, Backward on Domestic Violence, which appeared in today’s paper, discusses the problems with the alternative bill being discussed in the House.

In order to combat violence against women, we must reauthorize the version of VAWA that passed in the Senate. Contact your Member of Congress today to urge them to oppose H.R. 4970 and support a bipartisan VAWA reauthorization bill that closely mirrors S. 1925, strong bipartisan legislation passed by the Senate on April 26, 2012.

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