VAWA to be voted on in the Senate today!

S. 47, a strong, bipartisan bill - with 61 sponsors - that would reauthorize the landmark Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), sponsored by Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Michael Crapo (R-ID) is headed to the Senate floor for a vote TODAY (Thursday, February 7)! 

This bill is very similar to the bipartisan legislation introduced by Senators Leahy and Crapo last Congress and would improve VAWA programs and strengthen protections for all victims of violence. 

With 61 sponsors, victory is in sight. In anticipation of the impending vote, we need you to take action TODAY by contacting your Senators to thank them for co-sponsoring, or to ask them to co-sponsor and vote YES on S. 47 today!  

We also need to remind Senators to vote against any weakening or non-germane amendments

A list of sponsoring Senators and Senators that still need to sponsor is below.

 

ACTION ITEM 1:  CALL YOUR SENATOR(s) TODAY!!! 

You can reach your Senator(s) by calling (202) 224-3121, or you can look them up here. 

 

Ask to speak to the staff person who handles VAWA. 

If your Senator IS already cosponsoring, tell or leave a message for the staff person:

  1. I am a constituent from (city and state) and my name is _________. 
  2. I want to thank Senator____ for co-sponsoring S. 47, a strong, bipartisan bill that would reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act, and vote YES on the bill.   Please urge Senator _____________ to follow Senator Leahy’s lead and vote NO on any weakening or non-germane amendments. 

If your Senator is NOT already cosponsoring, tell or leave a message for the staff person:

  1. I am a constituent from (city and state) and my name is _________. 
  2. I urge Senator____ to co-sponsor S. 47, a strong, bipartisan bill that would reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act, and to vote YES on the bill and vote NO on any weakening or non-germane amendments.
  3. Thank you and I look forward to hearing that the Senator is a co-sponsor and/or voted for VAWA without harmful amendments.  

 

So far, the bill has the following sponsors:

Senators Ayotte, Kelly (R-NH), Baldwin, Tammy  (D–WI), Baucus, Max (D-MT) , Begich, Mark (D-AK), Bennet, Michael (D-CO), Blumenthal, Richard (D-CT), Boxer, Barbara (D-CA), Brown, Sherrod (D-OH),  Cantwell, Maria (D-WA), Cardin, Benjamin (D-MD), Carper, Thomas (D-DE) Casey, Robert (D–PA), Collins, Susan (R-ME), Coons, Chris (D-DE), Crapo, Mike (R-ID),Donnelly, Joe (D-IN) Durbin, Richard (D-IL), Feinstein, Dianne (D-CA), Franken, Al (D-MN), Gillibrand, Kirsten (D-NY), Hagan, Kay (D-NC), Harkin, Tom (D-IA), Heinrich, Martin (D-NM), Heitkamp, Heidi (D–ND), Heller, Dean (R-NV),  Hirono, Mazie  (D-HI), Johnson, Tim (D - SD), Kaine, Tim (D-VA) King, Angus (I-ME), Kirk, Mark (R-IL), Klobuchar, Amy (D-MN), Landrieu, Mary (D-LA), Lautenberg, Frank R. (D-NJ)Leahy, Patrick (D-VT), Levin, Carl (D-MI) McCaskill, Claire (D-MO), Manchin, Joe (D-WV) ,Menendez, Robert (D-NJ), Merkley, Jeff (D-OR), Mikulski, Barbara (D-MD), Moran, Jerry (R-KS), Murkowski, Lisa (R-AK), Murphy, Christopher (D-CT) Murray, Patty (D-WA), Nelson, Bill (D-FL)  Pryor, Mark  (D-AR), Reed, Jack (D-RI), Reid, Harry (D-NV), Rockefeller, John D (D-WV), Sanders, Bernard (I-VT), Schatz, Brian(D-HI) Schumer, Charles  (D-NY), Shaheen, Jeanne (D-NH), Stabenow, Debbie (D-MI), Tester, Jon (D-MT), Udall, Mark (D-CO), Udall, Tom (D-NM), Warner, Mark (D-VA), Warren, Elizabeth (D-MA),Whitehouse, Sheldon (D-RI), Wyden, Ron (D-OR).  Please thank these Senators for their early support of the Violence Against Women Act.

 

Potential Sponsors that are not yet co-sponsors of S. 47:

Fischer, Deb - (R - NE) The only woman Senator, out of 20, who has yet to sponsor VAWA

 #Alexander, Lamar - (R - TN)

 #Coats, Daniel - (R - IN)

#Corker, Bob (R-TN)

#Hoeven, John - (R - ND)

#McCain, John - (R - AZ)

#Portman, Rob - (R - OH)

#Vitter, David - (R - LA)

Cornyn, John - (R - TX)

Enzi, Michael B. - (R - WY)

Graham, Lindsey - (R - SC)

Grassley, Chuck - (R - IA)

Hatch, Orrin G. - (R - UT)

Rubio, Marco - (R - FL)

Toomey, Patrick J. - (R - PA)

N=new, #Voted for VAWA 2012

 

ACTION ITEM 2: TWEET YOUR SENATORS BEFORE THE VOTE ON VAWA

Tweet your Senators to remind them to vote for S. 47, the reauthorization of VAWA that protects ALL victims.  Here are a few sample tweets!

  • Vote yes for S. 47, bipartisan #VAWA bill today to support ALL survivors! Vote against non-germane or harmful amdmnts, no substitutes! 
  • [Name of organization] thx all Senators voting for S.47, bipartisan #VAWA bill! Accept no non-germane or harmful amendments or substitutes!
  • [Name of Senator] Show survivors of domestic & sexual violence u care - vote 4 S.47, bipartisan #VAWA bill and against all non-germane or harmful amdmnts, no substitutes! 

 

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