(Washington) – Today Congressman John B. Larson joined the U.S. House of Representatives in passing the Violence Against Women Act. In a 286-138 vote, the House passed the Senate Version of VAWA, S. 47.
"Today the House answered millions of Americans calling on Congress to pass this critical legislation. In the face of obstacles from House Republican leadership, the Violence Against Women Act remained a pillar in our nation's focus to end violence in all its forms. I am pleased that, despite the opposition and brinkmanship of some, the House passed the bipartisan Senate version of VAWA, affording the LGBT, Native American, and immigrant communities an ability to seek the treatment and preventative services every individual deserves," said Congressman Larson.
"I am proud of individuals from the first district, and all districts, who stepped forward to fight for the critical programs and services that VAWA provides. The passage of VAWA is a testament to their commitment to preventing, and treating victims of violence."
Earlier this month the Senate passed S. 47 with wide, bipartisan support, after VAWA was allowed to expire at the end of 2011. First passed in 1994, VAWA provides funding and services for victims of domestic violence. Larson, an original cosponsor of the Violence Against Women Act, recently joined the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence and CT Sexual Assault Crisis Services for a roundtable discussion in Hartford on the importance of VAWA to Connecticut.