Statement on the Reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act
Washington, DC (February 28, 2013) – Rep. Jan Schakowsky released the following statement on the House passing the Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization:
"Today we celebrate a major victory for all those who want to end violence against women. With unanimous Democratic support, the House was able to pass the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, despite the continued opposition by a majority of Republican House members. This bill, which is now on its way to President Obama for his signature, will build upon the past successes of VAWA and extend critical protections to immigrant, LGBT, and Native American women.
"Every woman deserves to be safe in her home, on the street and in her community. This bill, which passed the Senate with overwhelming bipartisan support, will expand protections for women and their families who are the subjects of domestic violence, stalking and sexual assault.
"Today, we listened to the victims of domestic abuse and their advocates and passed the bipartisan Senate legislation so that women and victims don't have to wait any longer for protections. I applaud those who fought so hard for this victory. Yet, tomorrow, with sequestration on the horizon, victims are scheduled to lose $29 million, which will reduce services for those in desperate need. We made progress today but we must continue to fight for adequate funding. And we must continue to fight to make sure that undocumented immigrant women are able to report abuse without fear of deportation so that they can protect themselves and their children by stopping abuse. I will continue to push to end violence against women – no matter where and how it occurs."