Negotiations between the Senate and House on the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) have come to a halt since House Republicans passed a version of the bill that left out protections for LGBT, Native American and immigrant victims of violence. Senate Democrats pushed to pass their version of the bill Tuesday which included protections for these victims.
The Women’s Building supports a final VAWA that serves ALL victims and contains NO rollbacks to the current VAWA. We urge a bill that includes Senate language providing Native American, LGBT and immigrant protections. The Women’s Building has joined other groups in supporting a national 10 days of action to tell Congress that they must get VAWA moving before they go on their July 4th vacation. Please act with us to demand that Congress send a real VAWA to the President to sign with all of the inclusive provisions in S. 1925 before the summer’s end.
Each of us must call Congress today to pass the REAL VAWA now. Call House and Senate leadership and insist that they stop the posturing, solve the procedural problems and move quickly to conference.
I urge you to pass a bipartisan VAWA reauthorization bill, like S.1925, that protects ALL victims of violence-doing nothing is not an option. VAWA has positively impacted me/my community in the following way: _______________. You are our leaders and we know you care about VAWA, so please find a unanimous consent motion all Senators can agree to, solve the blue slip problem, and free VAWA for final negotiations before you leave for vacation. We will not settle for stalemate. We want a final VAWA this summer so that VAWA programs and services can continue to serve victims and make our communities safer.
- Your Member of Congress, (202)224-3121
- Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), (202) 225-0600
- Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA), (202) 225-4000
- Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), (202) 225-0100
- Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), (202) 224-3542
- Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), (202) 224-3135
- Chair of the Democratic Conference Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY), (202) 224-6542
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(photo courtesy of National Congress of American Indians)