May 16, 2012
BREAKING NEWS: The Adams Anti-Victim VAWA bill, H.R. 4970 Has Passed 222-205!
Are You Ashamed for Standing Up for Victims?
Today, the House of Representatives voted 222-205 to pass H.R. 4970, a bill to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), introduced by Rep. Sandy Adams (R-Fl, 24th). Although the outcome was not what we wanted, the vote was closer than anticipated and we are so grateful for your calls, letters, OpEds and Tweets!
We still need you to keep up your advocacy as we anticipate the House and Senate work to reconcile differences between S. 1925 and H.R. 4970. Our goal is to ensure that the final bill that gets sent to President Obama for enactment protects all victims as well as holds all perpetrators accountable--regardless of race, nationality, ethnicity, religion, immigrant status or sexual orientation.
Read NCADV's Official Statement Opposing the House's actions to pass H.R. 4970.
As the House debated H.R. 4970, Representative Conyers pointed out that 350 organizations, including law enforcement, prosecution and victim services programs, wrote to Congress to say they opposed H.R. 4970 because it rolled back protections for victims. Mr. Conyers then asked Representative Adams, the author of the bill, which organizations supported H.R. 4970. When she was unable to identify any organization that supported her bill, Mr. Conyers again said that 350 organizations opposed the bill. In response, Ms. Adams said, "Shame on them!" Do you agree we should be ashamed for standing up for victims?
ACTION: Call/Write/Tweet your Representative and say "Thank You" or "Shame on You": Let your Representative know that you are proud to stand with victims and and think this bill is incredibly dangerous.
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Thank you for everything you have done and continue to do!