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House Republicans push for vote on Violence Against Women Act

House Republicans push for vote on Violence Against Women Act
© Greg Nash

Moderate Republican members in the House are calling on leadership to bring the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) to the floor before it expires on Sept. 30.

Reps. John KatkoJohn Michael KatkoNY Republican says cybersecurity will be a high priority for Homeland Security panel Upton becomes first member of Congress to vote to impeach two presidents The Hill's Morning Report - Trump impeached again; now what? MORE (R-N.Y.), Rodney DavisRodney Lee DavisGOP divided over Liz Cheney's future Trust between lawmakers reaches all-time low after Capitol riots Cori Bush slams lawmakers who refused to go through metal detector outside House chamber MORE (R-Ill.) Elise StefanikElise Marie StefanikGOP divided over Liz Cheney's future GOP at crossroads after Capitol siege Top Republican congressional aide resigns, rips GOP lawmakers who objected to Biden win MORE (R-N.Y.) and Jeff DenhamJeffrey (Jeff) John DenhamBusiness groups breathe sigh of relief over prospect of divided government Ex-RNC, Trump fundraiser Elliott Broidy charged in covert lobbying scheme Bottom line MORE (R-Calif.) — all members of the Tuesday Group and the Republican Main Street Caucus — sent a letter on Monday to House Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanRevising the pardon power — let the Speaker and Congress have voices Paul Ryan will attend Biden's inauguration COVID-19 relief bill: A promising first act for immigration reform MORE (R-Wis.) and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin McCarthySasse, in fiery op-ed, says QAnon is destroying GOP Democrats seize on GOP donor fallout Boebert communications director resigns amid Capitol riot: report MORE (R-Calif.) urging swift action to be taken as there are just seven legislative days remaining on the calendar.

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“Since being signed into law in 1994, VAWA has helped to protect and support millions of Americans who have faced domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking,” they wrote.

“This landmark legislation has drastically improved our nation’s response to these crimes and has contributed to the overall declining rates of domestic abuse since its enactment. However, instances of violence are still very common.”

The group cited Centers for Disease Control and Prevention statistics showing one in three women and one in six men encounter sexual violence during their lifetime. According to the lawmakers, the extension of the VAWA plays a pivotal role in maintaining programs aimed at protecting those experiencing abuse.

“The programs provide funding to ensure safety and support for survivors, increase prevention efforts, expand educational awareness surrounding domestic violence and sexual assault, implement training for health professionals and law enforcement, and to coordinate responses across agencies,” they continued.

“We have all seen the positive impact of these programs in our districts and have met individuals in our communities who have benefited from the protections this law provides.”

Davis — who noted dozens of lawmakers signed on to the letter initially drafted by Katko — said they brought the issue up to leadership at their weekly cross-section lunch.

“It's an issue that they know we feel is important and we felt sending a letter expressing that importance was the next best step,” he told The Hill. “And we're looking forward to hearing back from the Speaker and leader McCarthy and leadership on our side.”

The Illinois Republican said they are looking to work with both members of leadership and the House Judiciary Committee on a path forward.