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Congresswoman Suzan DelBene

Representing the 1st District of Washington

DelBene statement on the bipartisan vote to pass the Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization

Feb 28, 2013
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) issued the following statement after the successful vote to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA):

“Today Congress set aside divisive partisanship and voted to reauthorize a landmark law that will save lives and help protect millions of victims from violence.

“The vote taken today to pass the bipartisan Senate VAWA reauthorization bill is a testament to the results we can achieve when lawmakers are willing to work across the aisle and allow legislation to be brought to the floor to be debated and voted on.

“I’m proud that one of my first acts in office was co-sponsoring the House version of the bipartisan Senate bill that we passed today.

“After months of hard work by both Republican and Democrats – from leaders in the Senate, including Senators Murray and Cantwell, to bipartisan leaders in the House fighting for the bill, and the tens of thousands of advocates and women from across the country who wrote, called and emailed their lawmakers – we’ve finally passed this critical piece of legislation.

“The legislation we are sending to President Obama to sign improves and strengthens VAWA by including meaningful protections for Native American, LGBT and immigrant victims of violence.  It also includes the reauthorization of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act, which provides critically needed protections and services to victims of human trafficking. 

“VAWA represents a commitment to ending violence against women, and today’s vote represents a significant step towards fulfilling that promise for all victims.” 

To see Congresswoman DelBene’s speech on the House floor calling for passage of the bipartisan reauthorization of VAWA click HERE.


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