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Violence Against Women Act reintroduced

U.S. Reps. Gwen Moore (D-Wisc.), John Conyers (D-Mich.) and Louise M. Slaughter, (D-Fairport), introduced the Senate version of the Violence Against Women Act as an amendment to fix the partisan and discriminatory proposal put forth this week by House Republicans.

The Senate’s version, passed by a strong bipartisan vote of 78-22, extends the law’s protections to LGBT, Native American and immigrant victims; provides for more rape kits as well as a national registry of forensic evidence from sexual assault cases; strengthens criminal anti-trafficking statutes; provides for temporary housing for victims; and addresses domestic violence on American college campuses.

Moore, Conyers and Slaughter urged members to support the bipartisan, inclusive Senate version of VAWA, instead of the partisan Republican proposal, which they say was written behind closed doors and waters down crucial protections against domestic violence.

“We’ve heard no explanation for why the Republican Majority is opposed to protecting the lives and persons of anyone in the United States from domestic violence,” said Slaughter, ranking member on the House Rules Committee.