THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Vice President
STATEMENT BY THE VICE PRESIDENT ON THE VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN ACT (VAWA)
I am pleased that the House of Representatives today approved the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), and I applaud those across the country who have continued to urge Congress to send this bill to the President before adjournment. Since Congress first passed this historic legislation in 1994, VAWA has provided over $1.6 billion to support the work of prosecutors, law enforcement officials, the courts, victim advocates, and intervention and prevention programs that address violence against women and children at the federal, tribal, state and local levels.
The Violence Against Women Act has made a real contribution to the fight against domestic violence, stalking and sexual assault. I urge the Senate to follow the House's lead to ensure that it will remain a powerful tool in protecting the lives and health of women, children, and America's families.