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.


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.