04.18.12

Comment Of Senator Patrick Leahy On The Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act

[On Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid moved to proceed to the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act, signaling that the Senate will likely turn to the legislation after it completes work on postal reform legislation.]

“The landmark Violence Against Women Act continues to reflect a bipartisan commitment to addressing the devastation wrought by domestic and sexual violence.  When then-Senator Biden and Senator Hatch first introduced this initiative in 1994, it drew support from Democrats and Republicans alike.  That bipartisan support remains today, as we work to reauthorize this lifesaving law.

“Senator Crapo and I have crafted a commonsense bill that continues to provide assistance to programs authorized by VAWA nearly two decades ago, and that addresses unmet needs identified by those in field who are working every day to help victims of domestic and sexual violence.  It is this commonsense, modest approach to reauthorizing VAWA that has led 61 Senators to sign on as cosponsors.

“The time to reauthorize VAWA is now.  Working together in the Senate, as we continue to do on this important legislation, we can pass this bill without delay.”

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