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 KatkoRepublicans should get behind the 28th Amendment Student loan borrowers are defaulting yearly — how can we fix it? Overnight Defense: Woman accusing general of sexual assault willing to testify | Joint Chiefs pick warns against early Afghan withdrawal | Tensions rise after Iran tries to block British tanker MORE (R-N.Y.), Rodney DavisRodney Lee DavisHouse Democrats targeting six more Trump districts for 2020 House Democrats target 2020 GOP incumbents in new ad Illinois House Republicans call on Trump to not commute Blagojevich's sentence MORE (R-Ill.) Elise StefanikElise Marie StefanikRepublican lawmakers ask Trump not to delay Pentagon cloud-computing contract Rising number of GOP lawmakers criticize Trump remarks about minority Dems Overnight Defense: Woman accusing general of sexual assault willing to testify | Joint Chiefs pick warns against early Afghan withdrawal | Tensions rise after Iran tries to block British tanker MORE (R-N.Y.) and Jeff DenhamJeffrey (Jeff) John DenhamEx-GOP Rep. Roskam joins lobbying firm Ex-GOP Rep. Denham heads to lobbying firm Crazy California an outlier? No, we are the canary in the coal mine 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 RyanEmbattled Juul seeks allies in Washington Ex-Parkland students criticize Kellyanne Conway Latina leaders: 'It's a women's world more than anything' MORE (R-Wis.) and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyI'm not a Nazi, I'm just a dude: What it's like to be the other Steve King Trump finds consistent foil in 'Squad' Tlaib says she won't visit Israel after being treated like 'a criminal' 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.