Washington, D.C. – Nancy Zirkin, executive vice president of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement in response to the Senate’s vote to pass the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). On Monday, The Leadership Conference and 95 allied organizations sent a letter to the Senate outlining the importance of passing the bill:
“We applaud the Senate for once again passing a bipartisan and inclusive VAWA. We now urge the House to move beyond the obstruction of the last Congress and quickly pass this bill.
After last year’s Senate reauthorization, Republicans in the House hid behind legislative maneuvering to stop VAWA in its tracks and American women paid the price. Instead of passing a bill that included important advancements to protect women who are most at risk, they obfuscated the facts and politicized the needs of students, immigrant women, LGBT people, and women on tribal lands to justify their obstruction.
Those excuses can no longer hold. The Violence Against Women Act is a common sense and bipartisan bill that has the support of every major voice on this issue, including social service providers, women’s organizations, and law enforcement.
We urge the House to quickly follow the Senate’s lead and pass a bipartisan and inclusive VAWA. We simply cannot wait any longer.”
Nancy Zirkin is executive vice president of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, a coalition charged by its diverse membership of more than 200 national organizations to promote and protect the rights of all persons in the United States. The Leadership Conference works toward an America as good as its ideals. For more information on The Leadership Conference and its 200-plus member organizations, visit www.civilrights.org.