House Passes Cantor/Adams VAWA Reauthorization -
The Cantor/Adams Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) reauthorization passed the US House yesterday on a nearly straight party line vote of 222-205. Only six Democrats voted yes for the GOP bill, but 23 Republicans joined Democrats in voting against it. For the first time in history, the House passed a VAWA reauthorization that rolls back rather than expands protections for victims of domestic and workplace violence. The bill now goes to a House/Senate Conference Committee along with the version of the VAWA reauthorization passed by the Senate. Republicans made some last minute changes and took the heinous provision that immigration officials had to notify the abuser of the victim’s complaint out of the bill. However, the House GOP VAWA reauthorization still rolls back current protections for immigrant women who are suffering from domestic abuse and workplace violence. The Cantor/Adams version does not extend protections to Native American women when they are abused by non-native spouses... - Laura