Thank you Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Mark Udall (D-CO) for joining Senator Tom Carper (D-DE), Senator Nelson (D-FL), Senator Brown (D-OH), Senator Inouye (D-HI), Senator Merkley (D-OR), Senator Warner (D-VA) and 48 other Senators for supporting VAWA. We are half way to reaching our goal. We have a majority in the Senate, but we need 4 more Senators by March 20th. We can do it!
Senators Leahy (D-VT) and Crapo (R-ID) want to bring the Violence Against Women Act (S. 1925) to the Senate floor for a vote before April 1 in order to avoid the fray of budget/appropriations/campaign politics. Right now, VAWA has 56 sponsors, including 5 Republicans. BUT we’ll need 60 votes to avoid a filibuster and secure a floor vote and passage. See below on who needs to hear from us. Together we can reauthorize VAWA!
There are 8 Senators who have been VAWA sponsors in the past. Maybe they just need to be reminded and for sure they need to be persuaded. VAWA programs and services are under-funded and under attack. It’s time to step up for victims of sexual assault and dating, domestic and stalking violence. Please reach out to these Senators and their staff today: Ayotte, Kelly (R - NH), Cochran, Thad (R - MS), Cornyn, John (R - TX), Grassley, Chuck (R - IA), Hatch, Orrin (R - UT), Hutchison, Kay Bailey (R – TX), Pryor, Mark (D - AR), Snowe, Olympia (R - ME)
There are 9 Senators who have expressed interest in VAWA and have been supportive of program funding and services in the past. Ask them to step up to this crisis. Alexander, Lamar (R – TN),Coburn, Tom (R – OK ), Enzi, Michael (R – WY), Graham, Lindsey (R - SC), Heller, Dean (R – NV), Kyl, Jon - (R - AZ), Lee, Mike (R – UT), Lugar, Richard (R - IN)
Please be sure to thank all the Senators who have signed on to support the Reauthorization of VAWA: Leahy, Patrick J. (D - VT), Akaka, Daniel K. (D - HI), Baucus, Max (D - MT), Begich, Mark (D - AK), Bennet, Michael F. (D - CO), Bingaman, Jeff (D - NM), Blumenthal, Richard (D - CT), Boxer, Barbara (D - CA), Brown, Scott P. (R - MA), Cantwell, Maria (D - WA), Cardin, Benjamin L. (D - MD), Tom Carper (D - DE), Casey, Robert P., Jr. (D - PA), Collins, Susan M. (R - ME), Conrad, Kent (D - ND), Coons, Christopher A. (D - DE), Crapo, Mike (R - ID),Durbin, Richard J. (D - IL), Feinstein, Dianne (D - CA), Franken, Al (D - MN), Gillibrand, Kirsten E. (D - NY), Hagan, Kay R. (D - NC), Harkin, Tom (D - IA), Johnson, Tim (D - SD), Kerry, John F. (D - MA), Kirk, Mark (R - IL), Klobuchar, Amy (D - MN), Kohl, Herb (D - WI), Landrieu, Mary L. (D - LA), Lautenberg, Frank R. (D - NJ), Levin, Carl (D - MI), Lieberman, Joseph I. (ID - CT), Manchin, Joe (D - WV) McCaskill, Claire - (D - MO), Menendez, Robert (D - NJ), Mikulski, Barbara A. (D - MD), Murkowski, Lisa (R - AK), Murray, Patty (D - WA), Nelson, Ben (D - NE), Nelson, Bill (D - FL), Reed, Jack (D - RI), Rockefeller, John - (D - WV), Sanders, Bernard (I - VT), Schumer, Charles E. (D - NY), Shaheen, Jeanne (D - NH), Stabenow, Debbie (D - MI), Tester, Jon (D - MT),Udall, Tom - (D - NM), Webb, Jim - (D - VA),Whitehouse, Sheldon (D - RI), Wyden, Ron (D - OR)
You can still help even if you don’t live in any of the target states. Share the 4vawa.org site with your friends and family who live in these target states, and ask them to contact their Senators. Thank you. Together we can Reauthorize VAWA!