SENATE DEMOCRATS AND WOMEN'S ADVOCACY GROUPS TO CALL ON HOUSE GOP TO PASS SENATE'S BIPARTISAN VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN ACT
Instead of Taking Up Overwhelmingly Bipartisan Senate VAWA Reauthorization, House Will Today Attempt to Pass A Partisan Measure With Fewer Protections
WASHINGTON, D.C. – United States Senators Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), joined by National Organization for Women President Terry O'Neill and other women's advocacy groups will, TODAY, May 16, 2012 at 11am, call on the House GOP to take up and pass the Senate's bipartisan reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act. The legislation passed the Senate 68-31 with 15 GOP votes, but the House has instead to decided to take up a partisan measure that omits several critical provisions from the Senate passed bill.
Anti-domestic violence advocacy groups have decried the House bill for its lack of protections for certain domestic violence victims, and the White House has threatened to veto it.
WHO: Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA)
Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ)
Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH)
Terry O’Neill, President, National Organization for Women
WHAT: Press Conference
WHEN: TODAY, May 16, at 11:00 AM
WHERE: LBJ Room (S 211), US Capitol