Washington, D.C. – Despite its passage in the Senate days ago by an overwhelmingly bipartisan margin, the Tea Party House still has not taken up the Violence Against Women Act. In fact, according to Speaker John Boehner today, “no decision has been made” on when to bring the bill up for a vote in the House.
Incidents of domestic violence have decreased by over 50 percent since the Violence Against Women Act, which expired in September 2011, was first implemented. And even though the Violence Against Women Act has been languishing for months, the Tea Party House hasn’t moved this bill forward.
“Steve Southerland and the Tea Party House have a clear choice: renew this critically important domestic violence funding or continue the political tug-of-war that leaves victims in limbo,” said Alixandria Lapp, Executive Director of House Majority PAC.