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. FitzpatrickOvernight Health Care: CDC pushes for expanding HIV testing, treatment | Dem group launches ads attacking Trump on Medicare, Medicaid cuts | Hospitals, insurers spar over surprise bills | O'Rourke under pressure from left on Medicare for all Dem group launches ads attacking Trump's 'hypocrisy on Medicare and Medicaid cuts' The 25 Republicans who defied Trump on emergency declaration 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 RyanBottom Line Paul Ryan says Trump will win reelection because of 'record of accomplishment' Pence loses House office space MORE (R-Wis.) and Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiHillicon Valley: Social media faces scrutiny after New Zealand attacks | YouTube removed 'tens of thousands' of shooting videos | DHS chief warns of state-backed cyber threats | House Dems plan April vote on net neutrality Republican senators who voted against Trump have no excuses Manchin says he won't support LGBTQ protection bill as written 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 McSallyOvernight Health Care: CDC pushes for expanding HIV testing, treatment | Dem group launches ads attacking Trump on Medicare, Medicaid cuts | Hospitals, insurers spar over surprise bills | O'Rourke under pressure from left on Medicare for all Dem group launches ads attacking Trump's 'hypocrisy on Medicare and Medicaid cuts' Trump keeps tight grip on GOP MORE (R-Ariz.) as a toss-up.

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