WASHINGTON – House Republican Conference Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas) issued the following statement today in support of H.R. 4970, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2012 (VAWA), to provide federal support for programs and organizations that help assist women who are victims of domestic abuse, stalking, and sexual assault.
“American women deserve nothing less than absolute justice and unconditional care whenever the tragedy of domestic violence or sexual assault rears its hideous face. Our bill to reauthorize VAWA supports all victims of violence and aids the fight to prevent new ones, regardless of who they are or where they come from. This bill takes strong measures to guarantee that our nation’s most vital assistance programs are able to provide for the defense and dignity of all female victims, around whom the full focus of federal attention to this issue belongs.
“I applaud my friend and colleague, Congresswoman Sandy Adams (R-FL), for crafting this powerful piece of legislation and helping ensure its passage through the House. Violence against women knows no party line, and eradicating it from our society ought to be a non-partisan cause. Those who seek to reduce this deeply personal and intensely important issue to just another political football ought to seriously reexamine their priorities.
“House Republicans are resolutely focused on solving this problem, not cheapening it. It is my hope that Democrats will pause from politics as usual and work with us instead of grandstanding against us in order to turn this victim-centered, all-inclusive bill into a reality.”
ICYMI: Earlier today, Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC), a former federal prosecutor, delivered a powerful address in support of H.R. 4970 to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act on the floor of House of Representatives. Watch it here.