House reauthorizes the Violence Against Women Act of 2013

WTF House reauthorizes VAWA 2.28.13

The House of Representatives today passed the Violence Against Women Act by a vote of 286 to 138. 

87 Republicans joined 199 Democrats to reauthorize the Senate version of VAWA, which would expand protection to Native American women, LBGT, immigrants, and women on college campuses who are victims of domestic violence or sexual assault.

“Renewing this bill is an important step towards making sure no one in America is forced to live in fear, and I look forward to signing it into law as soon as it hits my desk,” said President Barack Obama.

Since its introduction in 1994, VAWA has been credited for reducing domestic violence rates by 64%. The bill funds support services and law enforcement efforts to combat domestic and sexual violence against women, and up until 2011, VAWA’s reauthorization has been a non-controversial order of business in Congress.

Read more: List of 138 House Republicans who voted against the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013

The Senate passed the VAWA reauthorization in April 2012, but the Republican-majority House scrapped provisions that would grant tribal jurisdiction prosecute domestic violence and sexual assault crimes committed against Native American women; help immigrant women who’ve been abused by their partners obtain visas; and provide legal protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.

The Senate pushed through another ‘inclusive’ VAWA reauthorization bill by a vote of 78 to 22 on Feb. 12.

 

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