Violence Against Women Act Has Been Reauthorized By Senate!
April 26, 2012
Our heartfelt thanks and appreciation to the Senators who have reauthorized the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), but also to friends, advocates and supporters who made their opinions and priorities known in Senate and congressional offices all over the country.
Passage of the Violence Against Women Act on a 68-31 vote will continue VAWA for another five years. Fifteen Republicans joined Democrats in passage. Now the burden is on the House of Representatives to pass the bipartisan bill. Here's how the Senate stacked up via vote count.
"There's no doubt that this reauthorization required a lot of teamwork," said Esta Soler, Founder and President of Futures Without Violence. "But allow us to call out the leadership of Senator Patrick Leahy and Senator Mike Crapo for their bipartisan leadership on VAWA. Senator Kay Hagan for leadership on supporting health programs. And Senator Sheldon Whitehouse for creating a new focus on preventing teen dating violence in this reauthorization of VAWA.
As we turn to focus our attentions on the U.S. House of Representatives, you can help by telling your congresspersons to pass the expanded, bipartisan Senate reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act.