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  • Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013


    A picture of Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers

    Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers

    From: WA District 5

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2013-02-28

    McMORRIS RODGERS. Madam Speaker, pursuant to House Resolution 83, I call up the bill (S. 47) to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act of 1994, and ask for its immediate consideration. The Clerk...



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    Senator Nancy Pelosi

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    Date: 2013-02-28

    PELOSI. Madam Speaker, I yield myself 1 minute. [[Page H736]] Madam Speaker, when Congress enacted the original Violence Against Women Act nearly two decades ago, we sent a very clear and immediate...



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    Representative Kevin Cramer

    From: ND District 0

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2013-02-28

    CRAMER. Madam Speaker, just under 3 years ago, a 2-year-old little boy in Bismarck, North Dakota, watched for half an hour while his stepfather beat his mother to death. Today, that little boy is my...



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    Representative Gwen Moore

    From: WI District 4

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2013-02-28

    MOORE. Madam Speaker, as I stand under the ``E Pluribus Unum,'' I pray that this body will do as the Senate has done and come together as one to protect all women from violence. As I think about the...



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    Representative Patrick Meehan

    From: PA District 7

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2013-02-28

    MEEHAN. Madam Speaker, I rise to encourage my colleagues from both sides of the aisle to put aside this rhetoric and to find a way to work together to pass the Violence Against Women Act, to move this...



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    Representative Suzan K. DelBene

    From: WA District 1

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2013-02-28

    DelBENE. Madam Speaker, I rise in support of S. 47, the Senate- passed version of the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act. I want to thank the Speaker for bringing this bill to the floor for debate. ...



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    Representative Shelley Moore Capito

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    Date: 2013-02-28

    CAPITO. Thank you, Madam Chair. Madam Speaker, I rise today to support the reauthorization of VAWA, Violence Against Women Act. This is extremely important. I was a past president of a YWCA that has...



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    Representative Xavier Becerra

    From: CA District 34

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2013-02-28

    BECERRA. I thank the leader for yielding. My friends, every single day in America, three women die at the hands of domestic violence. Yet this Congress allowed the Violence Against Women Act to expire...



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    Representative Ami Bera

    From: CA District 7

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2013-02-28

    BERA of California. Today, I rise as a doctor to talk about the patients that I've taken care of who have suffered as victims of domestic violence. As doctors, we don't choose to treat one patient...



    A picture of Representative Janice D. Schakowsky

    Representative Janice D. Schakowsky

    From: IL District 9

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2013-02-28

    SCHAKOWSKY. Violence is violence is violence, and women are women are women. For the second year in a row, the Republicans have advanced legislation that not only excludes additional protections for...



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    Representative Jackie Walorski

    From: IN District 2

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2013-02-28

    WALORSKI. Madam Speaker, I rise today to urge the passage of the Violence Against Women Act of 2013. Let me just start off by saying that I support this bill because it is the right thing to do. I...



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    Representative Lois Frankel

    From: FL District 22

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2013-02-28

    FRANKEL of Florida. I rise in opposition to the House substitute amendment to S. 47, and I urge the support of the bipartisan Violence Against Women Act sent over by the Senate. I do so on behalf...



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    Representative William R. Keating

    From: MA District 9

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2013-02-28

    KEATING asked and was given permission to revise and extend his remarks.) Mr. KEATING. Madam Speaker, I was a DA for 12 years. I solicited and actually used these funds. We talk about issues. As...



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    Representative Rick Larsen

    From: WA District 2

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2013-02-28

    LARSEN of Washington. I rise today in support of the bipartisan Senate version of the Violence Against Women Act that we will vote on. We wouldn't be here today without the courage of victims from all...



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    Representative Lois Capps

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    Date: 2013-02-28

    CAPPS. Madam Speaker, I thank my leader for yielding, and I rise today in opposition to the Republican amendment that would undermine key provisions in the Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization,...



    A picture of Representative Ann Kirkpatrick

    Representative Ann Kirkpatrick

    From: AZ District 1

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2013-02-28

    KIRKPATRICK. Madam Speaker, I was born and raised on the White Mountain Apache Nation. The necklace I wear today was made by an Apache woman. I've seen firsthand the troubles and hardships that our tribes...



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    Representative Barbara Lee

    From: CA District 13

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2013-02-28

    LEE of California. Madam Speaker, first let me thank Leader Pelosi and Congresswoman Gwen Moore for their tremendous leadership to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act. Today we have an opportunity...



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    Representative Ben Ray Luján

    From: NM District 3

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2013-02-28

    LUJAN of New Mexico. Madam Speaker, last Congress it was with great disappointment that, for the first time since the Violence Against Women Act was signed into law in 1994, House Republicans failed...



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    Representative Charles W. Dent

    From: PA District 15

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2013-02-28

    DENT. Madam Speaker, I rise today in support of S. 47, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013, which passed the Senate with a strong bipartisan majority. I do support that underlying...



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    Representative Steny H. Hoyer

    From: MD District 5

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2013-02-28

    HOYER asked and was given permission to revise and extend his remarks.) Mr. HOYER. Madam Speaker, I want to congratulate the leader for her efforts in getting us to this point. Today, after 2 months,...



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    Senator James Lankford

    From: OK

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2013-02-28

    LANKFORD. Madam Speaker, I do want to stand in support of the House proposal today on protecting women across this Nation. This is something that protects all women. I know there's been some interesting...



    A picture of Representative Mike Quigley

    Representative Mike Quigley

    From: IL District 5

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2013-02-28

    QUIGLEY. Well, if this is for all and this is for everybody, why attempt to strip out essential protections for immigrants, tribal, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender victims? Do they not feel...



    A picture of Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers

    Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers

    From: WA District 5

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2013-02-28

    McMORRIS RODGERS. Madam Speaker, pursuant to House Resolution 83, I call up the bill (S. 47) to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act of 1994, and ask for its immediate consideration. The Clerk...



    A picture of Representative Susan W. Brooks

    Representative Susan W. Brooks

    From: IN District 5

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2013-02-28

    BROOKS of Indiana. I rise in support of VAWA. Yelling. Name calling. Black eyes. Bruises. Belts. Broken bottles. Children scared and crying in the corners, crying for it to stop. The lies and coverups...



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    Representative Eric Swalwell

    From: CA District 15

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2013-02-28

    SWALWELL of California. Preventing violence against women means preventing violence against all women, especially those from the LGBT community, especially those from the immigrant community, and I'm...



    A picture of Representative Christopher H. Smith

    Representative Christopher H. Smith

    From: NJ District 4

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2013-02-28

    SMITH GRANTS FOR AUDITING SEXUAL ASSAULT EVIDENCE BACKLOGS. Section 2 of the DNA Analysis Backlog Elimination Act of 2000 (42 U.S.C. 14135) is amended-- (1) in...



    A picture of Representative John Conyers Jr.

    Representative John Conyers Jr.

    From: MI District 13

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2013-02-28

    CONYERS. Madam Speaker, I yield 1 minute to the gentleman from Minnesota (Mr. Ellison). Mr. ELLISON. Madam Speaker, I'd like to talk to you about Lucy. Lucy is not the name of the person I'm referring...



    A picture of Representative Keith Ellison

    Representative Keith Ellison

    From: MN District 5

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2013-02-28

    ELLISON. Madam Speaker, I'd like to talk to you about Lucy. Lucy is not the name of the person I'm referring to, although she is absolutely real. I can't use her name because Lucy still lives in fear...



    A picture of Representative Ted Poe

    Representative Ted Poe

    From: TX District 2

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2013-02-28

    POE of Texas. I thank the gentlelady for yielding. Violence against women is awful. I think we can all agree with that. Behind the scenes in homes throughout America, behind closed doors bad things...



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    Representative Joseph Crowley

    From: NY District 14

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2013-02-28

    CROWLEY. I thank my friend and colleague from Detroit, Michigan, for yielding me this time. Madam Speaker, it has been over 500 days since the Violence Against Women Act expired--500 days--and every...



    A picture of Representative Susan A. Davis

    Representative Susan A. Davis

    From: CA District 53

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2013-02-28

    DAVIS of California. Madam Speaker, at last, at last. Madam Speaker, like Americans all across the country, I'm glad this Chamber has finally put the Senate Violence Against Women Act to the floor for...



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    Representative David N. Cicilline

    From: RI District 1

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2013-02-28

    CICILLINE. I thank the gentleman for yielding. Madam Speaker, 2 weeks ago, the Senate overwhelmingly passed a strong, bipartisan reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act to extend much-needed...



    A picture of Representative Marsha Blackburn

    Representative Marsha Blackburn

    From: TN District 7

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2013-02-28

    BLACKBURN. Madam Speaker, I thank the gentlelady from Washington for the leadership that she has brought to this issue, and I also stand to thank Leader Cantor and the leadership that he has placed on...



    A picture of Representative Martha Roby

    Representative Martha Roby

    From: AL District 2

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2013-02-28

    ROBY. In closing, I just want to make sure that we're clear: Republicans have committed to standing for all victims. This bill, or amendment, strengthens penalties for sexual assault, improves the...



    A picture of Representative Renee L. Ellmers

    Representative Renee L. Ellmers

    From: NC District 2

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2013-02-28

    ELLMERS. Thank you to my colleague, who has done such a wonderful job on this issue. I rise today in support of the House substitution to the Violence Against Women Act, and I urge my colleagues in...



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    Representative Jerrold Nadler

    From: NY District 10

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2013-02-28

    NADLER. I thank the gentleman for yielding. Madam Speaker, this bill is about women. It is about our sisters and daughters. It is about combating violence that no human being should ever face--rape,...



    A picture of Representative Sheila Jackson Lee

    Representative Sheila Jackson Lee

    From: TX District 18

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2013-02-28

    JACKSON LEE asked and was given permission to revise and extend her remarks.) Ms. JACKSON LEE. Madam Speaker, I thank the gentleman very much, and I thank the gentlelady, Congresswoman Moore, for her...



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    Representative Henry C. "Hank" Johnson Jr.

    From: GA District 4

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2013-02-28

    JOHNSON of Georgia. Today, Madam Speaker, I rise in opposition to this hyperpartisan and inhumane House substitute version of the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013. This version is inhumane...



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    Representative Judy Chu

    From: CA District 27

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2013-02-28

    CHU. I rise to oppose the House amendment. For nearly 20 years, Congress worked on a bipartisan basis to expand and improve the Violence Against Women Act. On three separate occasions, we found common...



    A picture of Representative Trey Gowdy

    Representative Trey Gowdy

    From: SC District 4

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2013-02-28

    GOWDY. Liz Chesterman was an honors graduate from Hollins University in Virginia. Then she got her Ph.D. in molecular biology. Then she became a patent agent with the largest law firm in South Carolina....



    A picture of Representative Chris Van Hollen

    Representative Chris Van Hollen

    From: MD District 8

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2013-02-28

    VAN HOLLEN. Madam Speaker, I rise in strong support of this comprehensive Violence Against Women Act reauthorization that passed the Senate by an overwhelming 78-22 bipartisan majority. Today is a victory...



    A picture of Representative Alan S. Lowenthal

    Representative Alan S. Lowenthal

    From: CA District 47

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2013-02-28

    LOWENTHAL. Madam Speaker, I stand here today to urge my colleagues to bring the Senate-version of the Violence Against Women Act--a bill that would provide critical services to all victims of domestic...



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    Senator Edward J. Markey

    From: MA

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2013-02-28

    MARKEY. Madam Speaker, I rise today in strong support of S. 47, the Senate's bipartisan, comprehensive reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act that passed 78-22. I look forward to the House...



    A picture of Representative Raúl M. Grijalva

    Representative Raúl M. Grijalva

    From: AZ District 3

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2013-02-28

    GRIJALVA. Madam Speaker, I rise today to express my support for the Senate-approved Violence Against Women Act reauthorization bill known as S. 47 and to explain my concerns about its counterpart in...



    A picture of Representative Eddie Bernice Johnson

    Representative Eddie Bernice Johnson

    From: TX District 30

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2013-02-28

    JOHNSON of Georgia. Today, Madam Speaker, I rise in opposition to this hyperpartisan and inhumane House substitute version of the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013. This version is inhumane...



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    Representative Carolyn B. Maloney

    From: NY District 12

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2013-02-28

    MALONEY of New York. Madam Speaker, I rise in support of the Senate version of the Violence Against Women Act. According to the US Department of Justice, in 2007 intimate partners committed 14 percent...



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    Representative Earl Blumenauer

    From: OR District 3

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2013-02-28

    BLUMENAUER. Madam Speaker, the satisfaction I have that we've finally renewed the Violence Against Women Act is tempered by how hard it was to get the acceptance of two critically important provisions....



    A picture of Representative Bill Pascrell Jr.

    Representative Bill Pascrell Jr.

    From: NJ District 9

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2013-02-28

    PASCRELL. Madam Speaker, while I'm glad that we will have the opportunity to vote on Senate passed version of the Violence Against Women Act today, I can't believe that we have to stand here playing...



    A picture of Representative Yvette D. Clarke

    Representative Yvette D. Clarke

    From: NY District 9

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2013-02-28

    CLARKE. Madam Speaker, today, I rise in support of the Senate passed bill, S. 47, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 also known as ``VAWA.'' This bipartisan bill expands the authority...



    A picture of Representative Gerald E. Connolly

    Representative Gerald E. Connolly

    From: VA District 11

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2013-02-28

    CONNOLLY. Madam Speaker, I am pleased to see the Republican Leadership in the House has decided to relent on its ideological objections to renewing the landmark protections and support services for...



    A picture of Representative Rubén Hinojosa

    Representative Rubén Hinojosa

    From: TX District 15

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2013-02-28

    HINOJOSA. Madam Speaker, I regret that I was unavoidably detained in my district. Had I been present, I would have voted ``nay'' on rollcall vote 54 and ``aye'' on rollcall vote 55. ...



    A picture of Representative Edward R. Royce

    Representative Edward R. Royce

    From: CA District 39

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2013-02-28

    ROYCE of california in the house of representatives Thursday, February 28, 2013 Mr. ROYCE. Madam Speaker, I rise in support...



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    Representative Raul Ruiz

    From: CA District 36

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2013-02-27

    RUIZ asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute and to revise and extend his remarks.) Mr. RUIZ. I would like to thank the Senate for working in a bipartisan manner to pass the...



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    Senator Patrick J. Leahy

    From: VT

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2013-02-07

    LEAHY. Mr. President, first, I wish to applaud the distinguished leader Senator Reid for his statement. He has helped us over and over again to get this bill to the floor. The reason it is here is because...



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    Senator Mitch McConnell

    From: KY

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2013-02-07

    McCONNELL. Mr. President, I am going to proceed on my leader time. The PRESIDING OFFICER. The Republican leader is recognized. Finding Economic Solutions Mr. McCONNELL. Mr....



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    Senator Patty Murray

    From: WA

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2013-02-07

    MURRAY. Mr. President, I come to the floor today to speak about the legislation we are about to discuss here, the Violence Against Women Act. Before I do, I want to respond to a comment I heard by...



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    Senator Jeanne Shaheen

    From: NH

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2013-02-07

    SHAHEEN. Mr. President, I ask unanimous consent that the order for the quorum call be rescinded. The PRESIDING OFFICER. Without objection, it is so ordered. Mr. LEAHY. Mr. President, I wonder if the...



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    Senator Daniel Coats

    From: IN

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2013-02-07

    COATS. Mr. President, Indiana has a lot in common with Kansas, so I don't mind that label. I have been in the chair and made similar mistakes, so that doesn't bother me. We have a lot of similarities...



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    Senator Tom Udall

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    Date: 2013-02-07

    UDALL of New Mexico. Mr. President, I ask the Senator from Iowa, Mr. Grassley, is he in the queue to speak? Mr. GRASSLEY. For 7 or 8 minutes. Mr. UDALL of New Mexico. Excuse me? Mr. GRASSLEY. If...



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    Senator Chuck Grassley

    From: IA

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2013-02-07

    GRASSLEY. For 7 or 8 minutes. Mr. UDALL of New Mexico. Excuse me? Mr. GRASSLEY. If I could have 7 or 8 minutes now. Mr. UDALL of New Mexico. Yes. The Senator is in the queue because Senator Begich...



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    Senator Amy Klobuchar

    From: MN

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2013-02-07

    KLOBUCHAR. Mr. President, I wish to first thank the Senator from New Mexico for his great leadership on this issue. This is a national issue. It is a bipartisan issue. It crosses geographic lines. Those...



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    Senator Lisa Murkowski

    From: AK

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2013-02-07

    MURKOWSKI. Mr. President, I ask unanimous consent to speak as in morning business. The PRESIDING OFFICER. Without objection, it is so ordered. Ms. MURKOWSKI. Mr. President, first I would like to follow...



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    Senator Harry Reid

    From: NV

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2013-02-07

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