Congresswoman Karen Bass (CA) and Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick (PA) have introduced H.R. 1585, the bipartisan Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization Act of 2019. This legislation not only gives necessary funding increases to NAACP-supported Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) programs, but it also makes modest yet vital enhancements to existing law, based on input from VAWA service providers as well as those who have benefited from the program. Half-measures such as a straight reauthorization of VAWA are not acceptable, nor are rollbacks of existing protections for survivors. We are at a crucial moment in the movement to end domestic and sexual violence.
H.R. 1585 is expected to be considered by the full U.S. House of Representatives next week. We need to pass it by a strong majority of Members to demonstrate our sincere support for strengthening VAWA and protecting all survivors.