We got the word last night: the House is set to vote Thursday on the Violence Against Women Act.
After a year's delay, a year which jeopardized vital programs for victims of domestic abuse and preventative law enforcement efforts, the House now has the opportunty to stand up against domestic abuse.
This shouldn't be a partisan issue. Partisan politics should never come ahead of the safety of our people.
It’s why I’ve been a co-sponsor of VAWA – which passed with an overwhelming majority in the Senate once again this month – and am calling on my colleagues in the House to pass this bill now.
Silenced domestic abuse victims need our support and it starts with our voice in Washington.
Tell the House of Representatives to stand up against domestic abuse by passing the Violence Against Women Act.
VAWA has been a critical and proven success in our collective work to end domestic abuse. It’s helped victims seek shelter, support and counsel, as well as provided law enforcement with the right tools to take on domestic abuse.
While VAWA has been a huge help, we still have a long way to go. This year’s authorization also builds on VAWA’s past success by expanding protections to college students, the LGBT population and others.
I’m also proud it includes the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act, a bill I also co-sponsored to combat human trafficking, an abuse becoming even more prevalent in these modern times.
Call on the House to work to end all forms of abuse: pass the Violence Against Women Act.
When lives are at stake, a failure to act is absolutely unacceptable. Please join me in urging the House to vote yes on Thursday.