A Win for Missouri's Women and Families

Senator Claire McCaskill
2013-03-04 20:21:33
    Dear Unity, It's been close to a year since the U.S. Senate voted with a bipartisan majority to renew the Violence Against Women Act. The vote was 68-31. Not surprising, since the legislation has traditionally been noncontroversial. Without the Violence Against Women Act, Missouri communities would lose resources to train prosecutors, police, and victim advocates. The law is also used to fund shelters across the state, as well as the Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Sadly, that legislation died last year in the U.S. House of Representatives, because House Republicans refused to vote on the Senate-passed bill. Last month, the Senate passed the bill again. This time, we got even more support, 78 votes - including more than half of Senate Republicans. These days, few things in Washington get that kind of robust, bipartisan support. But again, the U.S. House refused to act. So I took my case back to Missourians. I held events across the state over the past month, with Missouri law enforcement. I reminded folks as a former Jackson County Prosecutor when the law first passed, that I saw firsthand the positive impact it has on communities. That's why, when I spoke to Missourians in Kansas City, Columbia and St. Louis, I told them I wasn't about to needlessly abandon protections for our families. Less than one week after I heard from folks back home, our public pressure worked-the U.S. House finally reversed course, approved our legislation, and sent the bill to the president's desk. And that's great news for families in Missouri and across the country. I sincerely hope that it shows an increased ability by Congress to break partisan gridlock and tackle the issues facing our country. All the best, P.S.Click the links below to read more about my recent events across Missouri. And follow me on Twitter to keep in touch. KOMU-TV: McCaskill Pushes for Violence Against Women Act Kansas City Star: McCaskill Stumps for Violence Against Women Act St. Louis Beacon: McCaskill Calls for Area's Republicans in Congress to Help Pass Violence Against Women Act       Regional Offices & Contact Information     Washington, DC Office Hart Senate Office Building, Ste. 506 Washington, D.C. 20510 P: 202-224-6154 F: 202-228-6326 Cape Girardeau 555 Independence St., Room 1600 Cape Girardeau, MO 63703 P: 573-651-0964 F: 573-334-4278 Columbia 915 E. Ash St. Columbia, MO 65201 P: 573-442-7130 F: 573-442-7140         Kansas City 4141 Pennsylvania Ave., Ste. 101 Kansas City, MO 64111 P: 816-421-1639 F: 816-421-2562 Springfield 324 Park Central West, Ste. 101 Springfield, MO 65806 P: 417-868-8745 F: 417-831-1349 St. Louis 5850 Delmar Blvd, Ste. A St. Louis, MO 63112 P: 314-367-1364 F: 314-361-8649       I'm on Twitter, a networking tool that helps me keep in touch with Missourians -- read more about Twitter here. Keep up to date on how I'm working for you in Washington by following me @mccaskilloffice. Reach me on Facebook at Facebook.com/SenatorMcCaskill. To unsubscribe from Claire's Newsletter, please visit the unsubscribe page here: mccaskill.senate.gov/
Claire McCaskill | Missouri's Senator
   

Dear Unity,

It's been close to a year since the U.S. Senate voted with a bipartisan majority to renew the Violence Against Women Act. The vote was 68-31. Not surprising, since the legislation has traditionally been noncontroversial. Without the Violence Against Women Act, Missouri communities would lose resources to train prosecutors, police, and victim advocates. The law is also used to fund shelters across the state, as well as the Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

Sadly, that legislation died last year in the U.S. House of Representatives, because House Republicans refused to vote on the Senate-passed bill.

Last month, the Senate passed the bill again. This time, we got even more support, 78 votes - including more than half of Senate Republicans. These days, few things in Washington get that kind of robust, bipartisan support. But again, the U.S. House refused to act.

So I took my case back to Missourians. I held events across the state over the past month, with Missouri law enforcement. I reminded folks as a former Jackson County Prosecutor when the law first passed, that I saw firsthand the positive impact it has on communities. That's why, when I spoke to Missourians in Kansas City, Columbia and St. Louis, I told them I wasn't about to needlessly abandon protections for our families.

Less than one week after I heard from folks back home, our public pressure worked-the U.S. House finally reversed course, approved our legislation, and sent the bill to the president's desk. And that's great news for families in Missouri and across the country. I sincerely hope that it shows an increased ability by Congress to break partisan gridlock and tackle the issues facing our country.

All the best,


P.S.Click the links below to read more about my recent events across Missouri. And follow me on Twitter to keep in touch.


   
 

Regional Offices & Contact Information

   

Washington, DC Office
Hart Senate Office Building, Ste. 506
Washington, D.C. 20510
P: 202-224-6154
F: 202-228-6326

Cape Girardeau
555 Independence St., Room 1600
Cape Girardeau, MO 63703
P: 573-651-0964
F: 573-334-4278

Columbia
915 E. Ash St.
Columbia, MO 65201
P: 573-442-7130
F: 573-442-7140

   
   

Kansas City
4141 Pennsylvania Ave., Ste. 101
Kansas City, MO 64111
P: 816-421-1639
F: 816-421-2562

Springfield
324 Park Central West, Ste. 101
Springfield, MO 65806
P: 417-868-8745
F: 417-831-1349

St. Louis
5850 Delmar Blvd, Ste. A
St. Louis, MO 63112
P: 314-367-1364
F: 314-361-8649

   
 

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