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Angelina Jolie visits the White House

Angelina Jolie stopped by the White House on Wednesday, speaking briefly to reporters in the White House briefing room, and she also visited the Capitol on Tuesday.

The actress and director is in Washington, working on children’s health issues and trying to push for the reauthorization of the Clinton-era violence against women law. Jolie told reporters she would not meet with the president, but said she would meet with Justice Department officials and GOP Senator Joni Ernst later Wednesday. Jolie said she was encouraged by the Capitol Hill meetings on Tuesday about the reauthorization of the violence against women law.

“Well, I’ve had some good bipartite meetings and it’s encouraging. So – and I think it’s very important that this is the case and for these issues because it’s a family – it’s a health crisis, what’s going on, “she told reporters. “And that’s going to be resolved if you look at it as healthy families and invest when there is hardship within families, especially for kids and getting early care, and prevention, and a lot of – like they say ‘upstream,’ a lot of emphasis on prevention and health and really seen that way, so it’s a less confrontational situation and more about keeping families together and focusing on protecting women and children, but the protection of the whole family. “

The Violence Against Women Act creates programs and support in response to domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking, but expired more than two years ago. The House voted to re-authorize it in March, but not the Senate.

“UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie is in Washington for a second day of meeting with senior White House and DOJ officials, as well as senators to continue advocating for women’s and children’s rights and health in the families, “a spokesperson for Jolie told CBS News. “In her meetings, she will speak about the importance of VAWA reauthorization, FBI reforms, forensic training and health equity, including gathering unbiased forensic evidence. “

Angelina Jolie visits the White House
WASHINGTON, DC – SEPTEMBER 15: Actress and activist Angelina Jolie (left) chats with reporters in the White House briefing room ahead of a meeting with Department of Justice officials on September 15, 2021 in Washington , DC.

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On Tuesday, Jolie also thanked the officers who defended the Capitol during the January 6 assault.