This is an update from my friend Pat Reuss who wrote yesterday’s blog on the House version of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA):
There has been an important and TIME SENSITIVE development with VAWA.
- On WEDNESDAY, February 27th, the House will vote on a rule to proceed with consideration of VAWA. We want them to vote YES on the Rule because that rule allows a vote on the Senate VAWA if the substitute is defeated.
- On THURSDAY, February 28th, the vote on the actual bill will occur. We want them to vote NO on the House substitute bill, which will come up first, and YES on the ensuing Senate version of VAWA.
Your Congress Members are listening to you! We only have a few hours to act so please call today and tomorrow morning. Members must hear loud and clear that they need to defeat the substitute and pass the bipartisan Senate version of VAWA! Your work has gotten us this far – let’s get this done!
URGENT ACTION ITEM:
To reach your Congress Member, call the Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121 or look them up here http://www.house.gov/representatives/. When you’re connected to their offices, ask to speak to the staff person who handles VAWA.
I am a constituent from (city and state) and my name is _________. I’m calling about the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). I urge Congress Member ________ to vote NO on the House substitute bill and then vote YES on the bipartisan Senate version of S. 47. VAWA can and must protect all victims.
Tweet to your Congress Member:
@[congress person’s handle]: On 2/28 vote NO on the House substitute bill and then vote YES on the bipartisan Senate version of S. 47. #VAWA
BREAKING: The Violence Against Women Act IS FINALLY Reauthorized! By a vote of 286 to 138, the House passed the Senate-approved version of the bill— one that includes added protections for LGBT, Native American, and undocumented victims of domestic violence. Here’s a link to one of many articles about its passage: http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2013/02/28/1651051/vawa-passes/.
YAHOO! YIPPEE! Kudos and thanks to everyone who called, emailed, met with, used social media or otherwise advocated for the passage of the comprehensive version of VAWA. And special kudos to Patricia Reuss who helped write the original VAWA in 1994 and continues her hard work on this issue to this day (and beyond).
A big thanks to each one of you who called/posted on your Facebook/Twitter page and did more to pass the inclusive Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). The House just defeated the terrible House version of VAWA and passed the Senate version. THANK YOU SO MUCH!
What many of you may not know is that the National Organization for Women (NOW) was one of the strongest forces in getting VAWA passed in 1994, and worked hard to get the proper VAWA reauthorized. A special thanks to Patricia Reuss of NOW, who is on the national task force which kept/keeps working on VAWA.