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  • Reed urges swift VAWA action

  • U.S. Rep. Tom Reed, R-Corning, is pushing for a quick reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act.??

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  • U.S. Rep. Tom Reed, R-Corning, is pushing for a quick reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act.??
    The law provides funding to investigate and prosecute violent crimes against women, as well as allowing for civil suits in cases where alleged perpetrators aren’t prosecuted.??“The country’s spending problem should not mean we ignore the safety of American women,” Reed said in a statement. “Each and every taxpayer dollar must be prioritized for key programs like VAWA.”??Reed was one of 17 House Republicans who sent a letter to Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Virginia, calling for action on the legislation.??“Should a woman be the victim of any violent crime, she should have the protection from her ?assailant she deserves but also the care she and her family need to recover physically and emotionally,” Reed said.??In 2012, the House and Senate each passed their own version of a bill to reauthorize the law. Neither version went on to get a full vote in both houses.??The Senate bill, passed in 2012 and again on Tuesday, would add protections for partners in same-sex relationships, for domestic abuse victims living on Native American tribal lands and for immigrants.??Reed didn’t specify whether he would support any of the new provisions in the Senate bill, but he stressed a compromise solution in his statement: “The Senate passed their bill ... to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act on Tuesday. It is now time for the House to pass a bipartisan compromise bill that protects America’s women – that is why I signed onto the letter urging House leadership to reauthorize VAWA. This is long overdue.”??The original Violence Against Women Act was championed by then-Sen. Joe Biden of Delaware. It was signed into law in 1994 by President Bill Clinton, and reauthorized in 2000 and 2005.
     

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