House Passes Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Bill Heads to President
Washington, DC - Following passage in the U.S. Senate two weeks ago, the House of Representatives passed the Senate version of VAWA (S.47) last Thursday, February 28, by a vote of 286-138.
ACFC calls on domestic violence service providers to act on statements from Senator Leahy and AG Holder calling for inclusiveness. Their comments can be reasonably concluded to mean male victims of domestic violence should also receive services. As President O'Bama noted:
"...Renewing this bill is an important step towards making sure NO ONE in America is forced to live in fear..." (emphasis added)
ACFC thanks Republican members of the House who voted against this bill, recognizing a number of serious concerns remain. Alicia Powe provided this commentary on those concerns in Townhall yesterday.
ACFC's judiciary committee statement on VAWA is located here.