Sinema, Fitzpatrick call for long-term extension of Violence Against Women Act

Sinema, Fitzpatrick call for long-term extension of Violence Against Women Act
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Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) and Rep. Brian FitzpatrickBrian K. FitzpatrickDems escalate gun fight a year after Parkland House panel advances bill to expand background checks for gun sales Overnight Energy: Court rules for Trump in environmental case over border wall | House bill would stop Alaska refuge drilling | Ads target Dems over Green New Deal MORE (R-Pa.) are calling on House leadership to work swiftly to pass a long-term reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).

The House is expected to pass a short-term extension of the current VAWA bill next week, which would extend that law to Dec. 7, But the two lawmakers say that’s not enough.

“While we appreciate the short-term extension, we ask that a bipartisan, long-term reauthorization of VAWA move forward as quickly as possible to provide greater certainty and to ensure these protections and resources do not lapse,” they wrote in a letter to House Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanUnscripted Trump keeps audience guessing in Rose Garden Coulter defends Paul Ryan: This is 100 percent Trump's fault The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Kidney Care Partners — Trump escalates border fight with emergency declaration MORE (R-Wis.) and Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiThe national emergency will haunt Republicans come election season On unilateral executive action, Mitch McConnell was right — in 2014 National emergency declaration — a legal fight Trump is likely to win MORE (D-Calif.)

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Sinema and Fitzpatrick said significant progress has been made since VAWA was first passed in 1994, but also want to see additional reforms.

“Congress reauthorized and amended VAWA three times by broad bipartisan majorities. Most recently in February 2013, Congress worked across the aisle to successfully pass the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act into law,” they wrote. “We call for a similar bipartisan effort now in support of a long-term reauthorization of this important law and the millions of lives it protects.”

Sinema — who is running for the Senate in Arizona — highlighted her work on VAWA since she was first elected to the House in the statement. The Cook Political Report rates her race against Rep. Martha McSallyMartha Elizabeth McSallyArmy calls base housing hazards 'unconscionable,' details steps to protect families Poll shows McSally, Kelly tied in Arizona Senate race Mark Kelly's campaign raises over M in days after launching Senate bid MORE (R-Ariz.) as a toss-up.

Fitzpatrick faces a competitive reelection race this fall. Cook rates his race as leaning Republican.