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WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today on a partisan Republican bill approved by the Judiciary Committee to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act:

“When one in three American women still experiences violence by a partner, stalking, or sexual assault, Congress ought to be able to set politics aside and work together to develop solutions.  That’s what the Senate did when it passed a Violence Against Women Act reauthorization bill last month by a strong, bipartisan vote of 68-31. 

“Unfortunately, House Republicans’ version, which was marked up today by the House Judiciary Committee, fails to extend protections to certain groups, including LGBT Americans and Native Americans. It also rolls back safeguards for immigrants that have been supported on a bipartisan basis in previous years.  Helping law enforcement prevent instances of violence and providing victims with access to resources should never be made the object of political games. That’s exactly what Republicans are doing with the Violence Against Women Act.

“I was proud to cosponsor the original Violence Against Women Act when Congress passed it with bipartisan support in 1994, and I commend Rep. Gwen Moore for her work on a reauthorization bill similar to the one passed by the Senate.  I hope that House Republicans will set aside their partisan proposal and consider the bipartisan Senate version in its place.”

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Daniel Reilly, 202-225-3130

For Immediate Release: 
May 8, 2012