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

“The Senate’s bipartisan Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act will protect all victims of domestic and sexual violence.  I remain committed – as I have been since I introduced this bipartisan bill last year – to passing a bill that protects all victims.  Time is running out to come together to pass this legislation.  We should ensure the Senate-passed lifesaving protections are available to each and every victim.  The House Republican leadership made a mistake when it did not take up the bipartisan Senate passed Leahy-Crapo Violence Against Women Reauthorization and, instead, insisted on a partisan measure that cuts back on protections for victims.  The House Speaker’s recent announcement naming only Republicans who supported that misguided effort is hardly a step forward.  Instead, what I wish the Republican House leadership would do is what it refused to do for the last four months, which is to allow the House to take up and consider and vote on the Senate-passed bill.”

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