On February 12, the U.S. Senate passed the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) by a comfortable 78-22 margin. The bill included comprehensive protections for Native American women, women in same-sex marriages, and illegal immigrants, features not included in the 2012 House version of the bill.
Now, we are urging the House of Representatives to pass the same version of VAWA that the Senate passed earlier this month. It appears as if the House could take up the bill as soon as February 25. We hope that Members on both sides of the aisle will remember the broad bipartisan support this bill earned in the Senate and maintain the same language already authored by the upper chamber.
Every day, there are more injuries and deaths as a result of domestic violence. These individuals cannot afford to wait any longer for Congress to act.