[TAKE ACTION] Support Passage of the Violence Against Women Act in the House

Right now, the Senate is poised to pass the Violence Against Women Act with bipartisan support. Only 224 House Republicans stand in the way of protecting victims of domestic violence. We need you to act now to ensure that the Senate bill is passed quickly by the Republican-controlled House.

Momentum is on our side. Last year, ten Republicans in the House broke rank with their party and joined Democrats in support of reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act. Eight of those Republicans remain in Congress. It’s time to increase the public pressure on the other 224 Republicans in the House to pass the Senate version of this bill which will be approved as early as tomorrow.

Women’s lives are at risk, and there is no more time for partisan delay.
The Senate version of the bill is expected to handily pass a floor vote this week with the help of new women Senators from both parties who were elected amidst a national backlash against Tea Party extremists like rape-apologists Todd Akin and Richard Mourdock.

But unless Rep. Eric Cantor, a member of Republican leadership in the House who blocked last year’s vote, tells House Speaker John Boehner that they should take up the issue, the Senate bill may go nowhere.
VAWA is an incredibly popular and successful program that has reduced domestic violence rates by 58% since it was first passed in 1994. And it was approved in bipartisan votes every year since it was originally passed — until the radical takeover of the House by extremist, anti-women Republicans in 2010.

House Republicans have voted for shameful bills to redefine rape, defund Planned Parenthood, and to let women die. Still, despite their appalling record on women’s issues, you might think that Republicans in Congress would have some concern for domestic violence survivors. We know that we can’t count on Republicans to vote in the interest of their constituents without enormous public pressure from us.


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