Hanabusa Votes to Support the Violence Against Women Act


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Washington, D.C. – On Thursday, the House voted to approve the bipartisan, Senate-passed version of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Reauthorization after House Republicans failed to pass their dangerous substitute legislation.

U.S. Representative Colleen Hanabusa (HI-01) voted in favor of the Senate bill and against the House GOP substitute.

“I am happy to vote in support of this version of the Violence Against Women Act, which received bipartisan support in the Senate, because it includes vital protections for all women,” said Hanabusa. “Excluding certain groups, whether it is members of the LGBT community, Native Americans, immigrants, or victims of human trafficking, violates the core principle that we stand in support of the safety and security of all American families. I only wish that we were allowed to vote on VAWA sooner.

“Women across America are the victims of violence every day, and it is only through our continued vigilance and commitment to action that we can break these cycles and provide the safe community that every woman deserves. Standing up for women is not a political act; it is a statement about our respect for human rights. I am proud to have cast this vote today.”

The House GOP substitute would have eliminated important provisions included in the Senate bill, such as domestic violence protections for LGBT victims, equal treatment of Indian and non-Indian offenders on tribal lands, and requiring colleges and universities to provide students with information about sexual assault in order to improve services for student victims. The amendment would have also removed the reauthorization of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act, which provides critical protections and services for victims of human trafficking.

A coalition of more than 1,300 organizations – including the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, the National Network to End Domestic Violence, the National Organization for Women, and the YWCA USA – opposed the House GOP substitute.

The House passed the Senate bill by a vote of 286-138. The measure now heads to President Obama’s desk for his signature.

For video of Hanabusa’s floor speech on VAWA, click here: http://bit.ly/13qC1gP

One Response

  1. I am so very glad that this Bill was passed; I will be curious to see who did not vote for it. Aloha, Lois


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