In the discussion thread: Senate Democrats Achieve 60 Votes For Violence Against Women Act [View all]
Response to xxqqqzme (Reply #6)
Fri Feb 1, 2013, 03:15 PM
freshwest (41,120 posts)
8. They aren't exceptions, they are included. That was why the GOP didn't want to pass it.
Senator Leahy has arranged for VAWA to go directly to the Senate floor and Majority Leader Harry Reid has promised to bring VAWA up for a vote in the next week.
Here is what passed:
Description of legislation:
In addition to many important improvements, such as addressing the criminal justice response to sexual assault, domestic violence homicides, housing needs, and campus victimization included in legislation last year. The current Senate bill also maintains enhanced protections for tribal, LGBT and immigrant victims. These provisions were identified as critical priorities by advocates across the country and received overwhelming bipartisan support last year in the Senate.
One provision from last year’s bill was not included- the modest increase in the number of U visas available to immigrant victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and certain other violent crimes who assist law enforcement in the investigation or prosecution of the crime (originally created by Congress in VAWA 2000). Increasing the number of U visas would help both victims and law enforcement. Unfortunately, that provision led to a technical objection from House Republican leaders and, in the interest of obtaining the swift reauthorization of VAWA, the Senate introduced the new VAWA bill without that provision in order to avoid any initial technical obstacles. Other important provisions to help immigrant victims and their children from last year’s bill are included in S. 47. The National Task Force and Senator Leahy will also be working hard to include the U visa increase in the comprehensive immigration reform legislation that will soon be considered by Congress.
Another provision was added, the SAFER Act, S. 80, originally sponsored by Leahy and Cornyn (R-TX) which passed unanimously in the Senate late last year and promotes the elimination of sexual assault evidence (rape kits) backlogs that could be used to prosecute offenders and solve cold cases.
The infamous failure to prosecute rape and charging victims for rape kits is over. The immigration portion of the bill that was not agreed to, will be in the bill on immigration coming up. I see this as good news for all of us. More details about how the work and kudos to those who stayed active working on this at link:
I think it's time for all of those who care about these issues to celebrate, although anyone who has a senator or representative who didn't vote for it, should still be given a earful by their constituents. No one should have been against re-authorizing this.
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