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. In order to continue our incredible momentum from last Congress and get VAWA passed right now, we need you to take action TODAY by contacting your Senators to co-sponsor S. 47. After only 4 working days since introduction, the bill has 50 sponsors including 5 Republicans. Our goal is to get 60 co-sponsors by January 31st so that VAWA passes resoundingly on the Senate floor for a jubilant bipartisan victory. We need to keep the phones ringing starting right now!
1) I am a constituent from (city and state) and my name is _________.
2) I urge Senator____ to co-sponsor S. 47, a strong, bipartisan bill that would reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act and to oppose weakening, harmful or non-germane amendments. The bill could come to the Senate floor in a matter of days.
3) Thank you and I look forward to hearing that the Senator is a co-sponsor and supporter.
Join our "We need VAWA because…" campaign on Facebook and Instagram! [Tag your photos on Instragram with #VAWA or submit your photos via email to our partners from The Leadership Conference Education Fund at email@example.com. Make sure to include your city and state name and your senators' and representative's names in your statement so that your senators/representative knows that their state/district cares about VAWA.
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.
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