House Leadership Blocking Inclusive VAWA. Again.
On Feb 12th, the Senate voted 78-22 to pass the Violence against Women Act. TN senators Corker and Alexander voted with the 78 who voted to support this bill. Please send them a thank you email.
But more work is to be done! The House leadership is trying to block passage of an inclusive VAWA. The new House bill excludes LGBT survivors and cuts existing programs for all survivors. See NOW President Terry O’Neill’s statement (pasted in below) and write your representative, today!
Here is a sample email that you could revise to fit your own sentiments and send:
I am writing to urge you to co-sponsor H.R. 11, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization.
This bill strongly resembles the Senate-passed bill, S. 47, and I urge the House of Representatives to take up this bill immediately. Please contact Speaker Boehner and ask him to move the bill to H.R. 11 floor.
I believe in health and wholeness for all of us, including a home and world free from violence. This legislation builds on the past successes of VAWA, increasing effectiveness and reaching more victims and provides law enforcement with more tools for protecting victims from their batterers.
I urge you to co-sponsor H.R. 11 and to work with your colleagues to bring this important legislation to the House floor.
Women’s Studies Program
East Tennessee State University