Sep 13, 2013

DCCC Chairman Steve Israel’s Statement on the 19th Anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act

DCCC Chairman Steve Israel released the following statement on today’s 19th anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act, passed in 1994 with a bipartisan Majority. Nearly two-thirds of House Republicans voted against its recent reauthorization.

“When President Clinton signed the historic Violence Against Women Act 19 years ago, the bipartisan, landmark legislation was rightly celebrated across the aisle as a leap forward in preventing and prosecuting domestic abuse. Nineteen years later, the Violence Against Women Act has become a sad example of the destructive partisanship and obstruction of this broken Republican Congress.

“For more than 500 days, House Republicans blocked the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, fighting it tooth and nail and making it crystal clear to American women that House Republicans are not on their side. When the final law passed, nearly two-thirds of House Republicans voted to block the Violence Against Women Act – a sign that we can never let down our guard and we must redouble our efforts to fight House Republicans who stand in the way of progress for women, whether it’s preventing violence or on ensuring equal pay for equal work.”


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