House Passes Violence Against Women Act

Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. Image via Washington Post
Earlier today, the House voted 286 to 138 and reauthorized the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). First passed in 1994 under the Clinton administration, the VAWA will now extend coverage to same- sex couples.

Funding dropped 17% from when the VAWA was last reauthorized in 2005 — allotting only $660 million over the span of five years for programs that help in the prosecution of sexual assault and domestic abuse.

According to Kevin Drum of MotherJones, the House passed this to find favor from women; a voting group they desperately need:  

So in the same way that pragmatic Republicans are in favor of passing some kind of comprehensive immigration bill to stop the bleeding among Hispanics, Boehner wanted to pass VAWA in order to stop the bleeding among young women, for whom this is very much a hot button issue.

Whether it was to save face with voters or out of genuine commitment to end domestic and sexual violence, I am relieved the Violence Against Women Act was reauthorized. 


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