Shutdown jeopardizes payments for Violence Against Women Act programs

Funding for some programs administered under the Violence Against Women Act are in jeopardy as a result of the partial government shutdown.

The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), first passed by Congress in 1994, expired on Saturday when the government entered a partial shutdown, a development that postpones future payments to programs that assist domestic violence and sexual assault victims until the law is reauthorized, according to NPR News.

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Some programs will continue to operate with already-awarded grant money, but future payment requests will be delayed until Congress reauthorizes the law.

House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiREAD: House impeachment managers' trial brief Desperate Democrats badmouth economy even as it booms Pelosi offers message to Trump on Bill Maher show: 'You are impeached forever' MORE (D-Calif.) criticized Republicans in a letter to Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanBiden alleges Sanders campaign 'doctored video' to attack him on Social Security record Sanders campaign responds to Biden doctored video claims: Biden should 'stop trying to doctor' public record The TRUST Act is a plot to gut Social Security behind closed doors MORE (R-Wis.) in September when a short-term extension of VAWA, instead of a long-term reauthorization, was included in a government funding bill. She called it “a dereliction of Congress’ duty to ensure that all women can live free from violence."

“Republicans’ decision to include only a short-term VAWA reauthorization in the must-pass minibus spending bill is nothing short of an abdication of our responsibilities to women in our country," Pelosi wrote.