McMorris Rodgers Votes to emPOWER Victims of Domestic Violence

Jul 17, 2018 | COMMUNICATIONS •

House Republican Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA)  spoke on the House floor today in support of the Pro bono Work to Empower and Represent POWER Act (S. 717). Introduced by Senator Dan Sullivan (R-AK), this legislation would require the chief judge for each U.S. district court to annually host a public event supporting pro bono legal services for survivors of sexual and domestic violence. If the district contains a tribe, the court is required to hold an event in partnership with the tribe every two years. The Director of the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts  is also required to report to Congress each year summarizing the events and evaluating their effectiveness.

Chair McMorris Rodgers was an original cosponsor of the House’s version of this bill, introduced by Rep. Joe Kennedy (D-MA). The POWER Act, as amended, passed the House by voice. It now goes back to the Senate and will be sent to the President’s desk for signature.

The Chair’s remarks as prepared for delivery:

“Mr. Speaker, I rise in support of the POWER Act. Survivors of sexual and domestic violence must know that they have a place to turn, where they can step out of the shadows of abuse to find hope. To provide that hope, the POWER Act will bring more tools and resources to communities so that survivors can find access to legal services they need. It will also encourage lawyers across the country to get involved in these cases and it will help people break free from the dangerous cycle of abuse.

“No one should have to live in fear or be intimidated from seeking justice.The first step is making sure they courageously know where they can safely go for help. Today, to build on our work to make our communities safer I urge my colleagues to join me in sending the POWER Act to the President’s desk to become law.”