The Senate is finally showing signs that it is ready to move forward with the renewal of the law on violence against women, which it has not done since the expiry of the authorization of the law in 2019.
The HuffPost has learned that the judicial commission will hold a hearing next Tuesday on the subject entitled “Renewing and strengthening the law on violence against women”.
The only witness at the hearing will be Deputy United States Attorney General Lisa Monaco.
The 1994 law is one of the emblematic achievements. VAWA was the first major federal legislative package focused on stopping violence against women, and it has since provided billions of dollars in grants for rescue programs aimed at stemming domestic violence, sexual assault , dating violence and stalking. Rates of domestic violence declined by more than 50% between 1993 and 2008 after the VAWA law came into effect, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics.
Congress must periodically re-authorize the law to update its grant programs and, perhaps more importantly, to strengthen the law based on what victims, survivors and advocates say are gaps in services. to vulnerable populations.
But the Republicans in the Senate allow VAWA authorization to expire in 2019 because they opposed a bipartisan bill passed by the House and could not agree among themselves on what to put in their own bill.
VAWA’s authorization has since lapsed. This does not mean that the law itself has expired; this means that there is uncertainty for its subsidy programs and that it is not possible to update the law with new protections that domestic violence advocates say are badly needed.
The house already passed its latest bipartisan VAWA bill in March, and it sounds a lot like the bill he passed in 2019. So it’s up to the Senate, once again, to find a way forward.
There is still no bill in the Senate. But Senate and White House aides who have been working on VAWA legislation for months told HuffPost last week that they were optimistic about the unveiling of a Democrats and Republicans-backed bill and soon.
“We are engaged in productive bipartisan conversations and hope to present a bipartisan bill in the coming weeks,” said a Democratic aide.
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