The Senate is finally showing signs that it is ready to move forward with the renewal violence against women act, it has failed to do anything since the law’s permission expired in 2019.
It is learned that the Judiciary Committee will hear next Tuesday on the subject titled “Renewal and Strengthening of Violence Against Women Act”.
The only witness at the hearing will be Deputy US Attorney General Lisa Monaco.
The 1994 law belongs to President Joe Biden Signature Achievements. VAWA was the first major federal legislative package focused on preventing violence against women, and has since provided billions of dollars in grants for life-saving programs aimed at domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence and stalking. domestic violence rates drop by more than 50% Between 1993 and 2008 after VAWA became law, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics.
Congress has to periodically reauthorize the law to update its grant programs, and perhaps more importantly, victims, survivors, and advocates say, may be needed to address gaps in services for vulnerable populations. The law has to be strengthened on the basis.
But Senate Republicans Allow VAWA authorization to expire in 2019 because they opposed the bipartisan bill passed by the House and could not agree among themselves what to put in their own bill.
The VAWA’s authorization has since lapsed. This does not mean that the law itself has expired; That means there is uncertainty for its grant programs and no ability to update the law with new protections, which domestic violence advocates say are desperately needed.
house already passed its latest bipartisan VAWA bill in March, and it is very similar to the bill passed in 2019. So it is again up to the Senate to figure out the way forward.
Still no Senate bill. But Senate and White House aides who have been working on VAWA legislation for months told last week That they are feeling optimistic about the unveiling of a bill that has the backing of Democrats and Republicans – and soon.
“We are engaged in productive, bipartisan negotiations and look forward to introducing a bipartisan bill in the coming weeks,” a Democratic aide said.