Tell Your Senators to Support the Violence Against Women Act!Posted: February 7, 2013
|The Violence Against Women Act “is not and never should be a partisan political issue,” said Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) this week on the Senate floor. “This is an equal-opportunity crime that harms people regardless of their political affiliation, their profession or their status in life. It’s an issue that deserves bipartisan support.”The Senate is again considering the Violence Against Women Act this week in an effort to remedy Congress’ failure last year to reauthorize a law that has protected countless women and children from intimate partner violence since its initial authorization in 1994. Contact your Senator today and urge them to support this important legislation.
The failed 2012 version included new provisions to increase protections for college students, Native Americans, illegal immigrants and LGBTQ community members. The current bill is roughly the same as the 2012 measure that passed 68-31 last April, but no longer includes a provision increasing U visas for illegal immigrants. This change will hopefully reduce opposition from House Republicans and help Party leaders find common ground.
The Senate bill already has 61 cosponsors including including pro-choice Republican Senators Mark Kirk (IL), Susan Collins (ME) and Lisa Murkowski (AK). It is expected to come to a final vote some time next week.
We applaud Senator Collins for speaking out and her follow Republican Senators for standing behind this important bill. This should not be a partisan issue and Americans need a GOP voice in Congress that stands up and supports women. But we also need Republicans on the ground to reach out and demand action from their representatives. Grassroots Republicans like YOU can make a difference. Call your Senator today and tell them to support the Violence Against Women Act because it’s the right thing to do.
You can reach your senators through the US Capitol switchboard at 202-224-3121.