The U.S. House of Representatives today voted overwhelmingly to pass the Senate’s bipartisan Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act (VAWA), sending the bill to the President for signature, after months of delay. Senator Patrick Leahy is the lead author of the bill, and as a member of the Senate leadership as the Senate’s new President Pro Tem he insisted on making the Leahy-Crapo bill a high priority for early action by the Senate and the House in the new 113th
The House today passed Leahy’s bipartisan Senate version of the bill, after rejecting a Republican alternative version. The House passed the Leahy-Crapo bill in a strong vote of 286 to 138.
He said, “We made the Violence Against Women Act our top priority this Congress. At a time when we face gridlock and stonewalling on even the most compelling issues, I am glad to see that we could find a way to cut through all of that to help victims of violence.”
The Senate measure approved Thursday in the House renews VAWA’s charter another five years and includes new and vital protections for college students, immigrant women, tribal women and members of the LGBT community. The bill also helps law enforcement agencies in investigating human trafficking crimes by also reauthorizing for four years the Trafficking Victims Protection Act, a law that expired in September 2011. The anti-trafficking part of the VAWA legislation is also a Leahy-authored bill.
, including Senator Leahy's statement on the Senate Floor.