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McCollum: Violence Against Women Act Finally Protects All Victims of Domestic Violence

February 28, 2013
Press Release


For Immediate Release:  February 28, 2013                                         
Contact:  Maria Reppas, (202) 225-6631 / (202) 527-0149

Washington, DC – Today, the House of Representatives passed the Senate version of the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 (S. 47) by a vote of 286 to 138. Eighty-seven Republicans and all 199 Democrats in the House supported the legislation.

“I proudly cast my vote today to send the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act to President Obama’s desk for his signature. This bill reaffirms and expands our commitment to protecting women from domestic and sexual violence by giving our communities the resources they need.  Tribal nations will now have additional tools to ensure the safety of Native women and children.  LGBT survivors will be guaranteed equal access to the services they need.   After numerous years of hard work, today’s Violence Against Women Act includes a provision requiring a multi-year strategy to prevent child marriage and empower girls in developing nations. Passage of today’s bill is a victory for all women.”

President Obama is expected to sign the bill.

Congresswoman Betty McCollum serves on the House Appropriations Committee.