The Senate passed the Violence Against Women Act earlier this month, with no help from 22 Republican male Senators.1 And today, at last, the House passed it too. Thanks to you. You and thousands of USAction members sent messages to Congress demanding action.
Last year, Republican obstructionists in Congress did the unthinkable. When the previously bipartisan Violence Against Women Act expired last September, they did everything in their power to stonewall its renewal, putting millions of women’s lives in jeopardy.
Why, you ask? Because the new version of VAWA would extend provisions to immigrant, Native American, and LGBT domestic violence victims with its full protections.
But they had to back down this time, due to your public pressure. The discriminatory GOP version of the Violence Against Women Act failed 166-2572, and the Senate version passed overwhelmingly3. Together we did it! Now, on to other fights this year such as paycheck fairness, a fair minimum wage, and sensible gun violence prevention.
1 – “BREAKING: Senate passes Violence Against Women Act with no help from 22 Republican male Senators,” Think Progress, February 12, 2013
2 – “House Votes Down GOP’s VAWA,” Talking Points Memo, February 28, 2013
3 – “House Gives Final Passage To Expanded Violence Against Women Act,” Talking Points Memo, February 28, 2013