A Set Back in Congress for the Violence Against Women Act

By Ann Rose Greenberg, JWI Marketing Coordinator

Last week, the House of Representatives passed legislation that strips VAWA – the Violence Against Women Act – of protections for our nation’s most vulnerable victims of domestic and sexual violence. Unlike the bipartisan VAWA reauthorization bill that passed last month in the Senate (S. 1925), the House bill (H.R. 4970) excludes critically important provisions that improve access to services for Native American women, immigrants, and LGBT victims of violence. JWI helped lead a national coalition of almost 200 groups who expressed their opposition to the House version of the bill.

The Senate and House bills will now be reconciled in by a joint committee. We can still push to ensure that the final bill will more closely reflect the Senate version. Please reach out to your members of Congress – both in the House and Senate – and express your support for the Senate version of the bill (S. 1925).

You can check how each member voted:
The Senate vote on S. 1925
The House vote on H.R. 4970

Tell them to encourage their party’s leaders to send the President a strong, bipartisan Violence Against Women Act reauthorization bill that protects all vulnerable victims.

Please sign up for JWI’s Advocacy Network to receive email updates and action alerts as the process moves forward.

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