Even though the 112th Congress adjourned without reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act, VAWA is still very much in the picture.
As you may remember, last year the Senate passed their reauthorization of VAWA, S 1925. Not satisfied with the Senate's bill, the House passed their own version.
Then we had a standstill. There were reports that they were trying to come to a last minute agreement, but it didn't happen.
Immediately following the adjournment, supporters of S 1925 started pressuring the House to vote on the Senate version of VAWA. But why should they? They've already approved a reauthorization of VAWA - HR 4970.
We believe that if people in the Senate sincerely want to pass VAWA, they should put HR 4970 to a vote in the Senate.
Please call House Speaker John Boehner TODAY.
Say: "Do not agree to the ridiculous demand to schedule a vote on the Senate VAWA bill, S. 1925."
We have worked hard to reform VAWA. Let's not let all of our hard work go to waste!
Teri Stoddard, Program Director
Stop Abusive and Violent Environments
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