On 4-4-19, the House passed, by a bipartisan margin of 263 yeas to 158 nays, H.R. 1585, a bill to reauthorize, or update, and strengthen the NAACP-supported and very successful Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).
Despite its huge successes, the current law establishing VAWA expired on February 15, 2019.
We must now let the Senate know that half-measures such as a straight reauthorization of VAWA are not acceptable, nor are rollbacks of existing protections for survivors. We must urge them to take the legislation up as soon as possible.