VAWA Reauthorization - VAWA
We’re Half Way There
It’s TIME for the HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES to PASS VAWA!
Contact your Representative while they are in district this week!
On February 12th, the Senate passed S. 47, a strong, inclusive bill to reauthorize the landmark Violence Against Women Act sponsored by Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Michael Crapo (R-ID), by a 78-22 bipartisan vote! Thank you for all of your hard work to make this happen! And thank you to our Senate champions and the Administration for their unwavering support.
Now we need to tell the House of Representatives to bring the bipartisan Senate bill to the House floor for a vote - and to get this done immediately! Right now the House leadership is pondering about what direction to take on VAWA.
Speaker Boehner has given us an opening, saying,
“No decision has been made about…whether we take up the Senate bill or move our own version of the bill.”
We need to help Speaker Boehner and the House decide to take up the Senate bill S. 47. The House is on recess this week so call your district offices and/or visit your representative in their district office. Survivors of violence cannot wait any longer!
NTF is circulating a letter urging the House of Representatives to immediately take up the bipartisan Senate-passed VAWA and pass this inclusive bill that protects all survivors. This letter has the same message as the Senate letter submitted last week. Senator Leahy waved it around when he spoke on the Senate floor just minutes before VAWA’s final passage. If you or your organization has already signed the Senate version of this letter, we will include your name unless you opt out (email firstname.lastname@example.org). To add your organization, go HERE or tweet-friendly go HERE.