Comment Of Senator Patrick Leahy On Senate Consideration Of S.47, The Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act

[FRIDAY, February 1, 2013—The Senate on February 4 will begin consideration of the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act.  Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) is the lead author of this bipartisan legislation, which is coauthored by Sen. Mike Crapo (R-Idaho.) and cosponsored by 60 Senators.  Similar legislation was approved overwhelmingly by the Senate last year, but the House of Representatives failed to act on the bill.]

“I am pleased the Senate will next week turn its focus to reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act.  The Leahy-Crapo VAWA bill seeks to protect all victims of domestic and sexual violence, including tribal women, immigrants, college students, and members of the LGBT community.  The bill closely mirrors the bill that was overwhelmingly approved by the Senate last year, and is the result of close consultation with law enforcement officials and the dedicated experts in the field who are so committed to saving the lives of many women around this country.  For nearly 20 years, the programs supported by VAWA have been a lifeline to so many.  They deserve swift action in Congress.”

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