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Monthly Archives: February 2013

  • Violence Against Women Act Expired in 2011 Now Renewed

    Are you safe?  The US Senate voted on Tuesday to renew the Violence Against Women Act.  It is important to know that we at SelfDefenseRocks carry a large selection of self defense items.  Be sure to visit our on-line store at http://www.selfdefenserocks.com


    WASHINGTON (AP) — By a robust bipartisan majority, the Senate voted Tuesday  to renew the Violence Against Women Act with new assurances that gays and  lesbians, immigrants and Native American women will have equal access to the  act’s anti-domestic violence programs.

    The 78-22 Senate vote to reauthorize the two-decade-old act that has shielded  millions of women from abuse and helped reduce national rates of domestic  violence turns the focus to the House, where Republican leaders are working to  come up with their own version.

    “Over 160 million women across the country are watching and waiting to see if  the House will act on this bill and finally provide them the protections from  violence they deserve,” said Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash.

    Violence Against Women Act expired in 2011

    The act expired in 2011, putting efforts to improve its many federal programs  on hold. Last year both the Republican-led House and the Democratic-controlled  Senate passed renewal bills, but they were unable to reach a compromise.

    This year House Republicans, sensitive to their lackluster showing among  women voters in the November election, have vowed to move expeditiously on the  issue. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., has taken the lead in  negotiating the terms of a House bill.

    On Monday 17 House Republicans wrote Cantor and Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio,  urging immediate action. The act’s “programs save lies, and we must allow states  and communities to build upon the successes of current Violence Against Women Act programs so that we can help even  more people,” they wrote.

    The Senate bill, while promoted by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman  Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., and other Democrats, is cosponsored by a Republican, Mike  Crapo of Idaho, and garnered 23 Republican votes. All 20 women members of the  Senate voted for the bill.

    Read more: http://www.voxxi.com/violence-against-women-act-senate/#ixzz2KnGZaIMf

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