Reauthorization of Violence Against Women Act Passes House
Mar 1, 2013 -
I am pleased to announce that the House voted this week to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act, which strengthens the tools available to aid law enforcement in combating human trafficking, domestic abuse and sexual violence. This legislative victory sends a strong message from Washington that enough is enough when considering the horrific and devastating effects of domestic violence and human trafficking inflicted on some of our nation’s most vulnerable citizens.
While I regret that I was unable to be there in person due to a family matter here at home, I am very glad that this bill is now on its way to the President's desk where I hope he signs it into law without delay.
I want my friends and neighbors of the 31st Congressional District that public safety – including the elimination of the scourge of human trafficking, sexual violence and domestic abuse in our community - is a top priority of mine in Congress. I am currently meeting with local officials and residents to get their input on how we can make our neighborhoods safer, but in the meantime, this landmark legislation will ensure that the survivors of these terrible crimes have access to treatment, counseling, legal assistance and other vital support services.
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