House Republicans Attempt to Roll Back VAWA

Instead of moving forward on the bipartisan Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) that passed the Senate by a vote of 68 to 31, House Republicans next week are moving forward with a GOP version that weakens VAWA and limits protections of certain classes of individuals.  But America’s women won’t stand for this attempt to politicize VAWA.

National Coalition Against Domestic Violence – Letter to Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith & Ranking Member John Conyers:

H.R. 4970 is an anti-victim bill that promotes a racist, elitist and homophobic agenda. H.R. 4970 weakens vital improvements contained in the recently passed Senate VAWA bill (S. 1925), including provisions designed to increase the safety of Native women and the needs of the LGBT community.  In addition, H.R. 4970 includes damaging provisions that roll back years of progress to protect the safety of immigrant victims…

For the past 18 years, VAWA and its subsequent reauthorizations has served as a beacon of hope for victims of domestic and sexual violence. VAWA is one of the few policies unfettered by partisanship and divided government. Now is not the time to abandon victims and subject them to revictimization by making them war casualties…

We strongly oppose H.R. 4970 and urge all members of the Judiciary Committee to oppose it. [5/3]

Politico – Groups pan GOP’s Violence Against Women bill:

Homophobic. Anti-victim. Racist. Elitist.

That’s what some of the nation’s most prominent women’s groups think of the House Republican version of the Violence Against Women Act.

It’s the most recent interjection of women’s issues into contemporary politics, and a clear sign that the GOP’s VAWA bill isn’t a slam dunk with prominent members of the women’s community…

…representatives to some of the nation’s most respected women’s groups headed to Capitol Hill for a meeting with three House Judiciary Committee aides. Groups including the National Organization for Women, Break the Cycle and the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) were represented…

The message: we don’t support your bill. [5/3]

Since VAWA was signed into law by President Clinton in 1994, it has been reauthorized in 2000 and 2005, both with strong bipartisan majorities in the House and Senate.  As @NancyPelosi said last week:

Big bipartisan vote in Senate today for #VAWA–House GOP needs to bring up this bill without further delay. #StandUpForWomen

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