06.20.12

Put Victims Before Politics: Senator Leahy's Guest Column On The Violence Against Women Act

On Wednesday, June 20, Senator Leahy and Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) authored a guest column on the Violence Against Women Act, which passed the Senate in April and is still awaiting a vote in the House of Representatives. An excerpt from the piece, which was published in The Hill newspaper, is below, followed by a link to the full article.

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Nearly six months ago, we joined together to introduce the Leahy-Crapo Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2011. For almost 18 years, the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) has been the centerpiece of the federal government"s commitment to combat domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking. We are proud to have worked across party lines to ensure this important issue remains a priority for Congress and the country.

We are concerned, however, that politics threaten to get in the way of passing this critical legislation this year. Protecting every victim of domestic and sexual violence should be above politics, and we urge members of Congress from both chambers to set aside the political rhetoric and act swiftly to reauthorize this landmark legislation that has saved countless lives.

Click here to read the full article.

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