A press release from Congressman Joe Walsh:
Walsh Stands Up for Victims of Domestic Violence
WASHINGTON – Congressman Joe Walsh (IL-8) released the following statement after voting in favor of the Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization of 2012 (VAWA) that passed the House.
“It is our duty as both Americans and Members of Congress to stand up against domestic violence.
“Victims of domestic violence should be protected by all levels of government: local, state, and federal. Since the original legislation passed in 1994, the number of annual incidents has decreased by 53%, while the number of reported incidents has increased by 51%.
“This is evidence that VAWA is making a difference and keeping victims safe.
“Our country was founded on the principle that the core unit which determines the strength of any society is the family; therefore the government should foster and protect its integrity.
“This bill does just that.
“It is crucial that we maintain a presence on this issue and continue to fight to end domestic violence in this country.
“This question was asked to me during the debate.
“I promised that since the vote was this week, I would let people know how I voted and why.”
H.R. 4970 Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization of 2012 (VAWA) passed the House by a vote of 222-205. This bill reauthorizes funding for VAWA grant programs for 5 years and provides more than $660 million annually to help protect victims of abuse and prevent domestic violence.