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Democrat NY 12

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  • Providing for Consideration of S. 47, Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013

    by Representative Carolyn B. Maloney

    Posted on 2013-02-27

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    MALONEY of New York. Mr. Speaker, I urge my colleagues to pass the rule and the underlying bipartisan Senate Violence Against Women Act. This is the first bill that I worked on when I came to Congress with the great Louise Slaughter and Patricia Schroeder, and then-Senator Joe Biden. It has been reauthorized in a bipartisan way many times.

    From 1994 to 2010, about four in five victims of intimate partner violence have been female. These numbers are real people, and so are the tragedies behind them. But this is not about politics. This is about the single most fundamental task that we require of our government: to keep its citizens safe from violent assaults--all of our residents, all of our citizens, immigrants, no matter what the sexual orientation is of our citizens. It's for all of our citizens.

    I am pleased that two of the bills that I have authored are part of the Senate version. It would be ripped out by the Republican version, so I strongly support the bipartisan Senate version. One I authored with Representative Poe in a bipartisan way, and that was the SAFER Act. This took the monies and directed Justice not to spend more money but to process the backlog of DNA kits in rape cases to put rapists behind bars. And also, the Campus SaVE Act.

    There's too much violence on campus. One in five women will be sexually assaulted during their college years. This provision that I authored would increase the obligations of colleges to keep students safe and informed about policies on sexual assault. Also, the very bipartisan, important anti-trafficking bill is part of it.

    So I urge my colleagues, in a bipartisan, historic way, to reauthorize, repass the Violence Against Women Act, the Senate version.

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