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Swalwell Sponsors Reauthorization of Violence Against Women Act

The congressman for the 15th Congressional District says the legislation should be considered as soon as possible.

Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Dublin) sponsored the Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization Act and called for swift action on the legislation Wednesday.

The act was originally passed in 1994 and expired in 2011. It funds a number of programs, including victim assistance services, enforcement of protection and transitional housing aid for victims.

Last year, the act passed in the Senate but was never brought to a vote in the House. Republicans, which passed their own version of the bill in House, objected to the increased protections for American Indians, gays and immigrants, The Washington Post reports.

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi told The Post that 158 Democratic Congressman have co-sponsored the bill.

“I worked as a prosecutor for seven years and I saw the horrible violence women are subjected to on a daily basis in this country," said Swalwell, who worked in the Alameda County District Attorney's Office. "It’s unconscionable that women are still victimized like this in our civilized society."

Swalwell added that the act has made great strides in protecting women and that it "is of paramount importance and we should pass this bill without delay.”

Also this week, Swalwell was named as a ranking member on the Energy Subcommittee.

“The East Bay is a center of energy research and technological innovation. In particular, the Livermore and Sandia National Labs located in my congressional district are doing innovative work and world-class science to develop new, clean energy sources," Swalwell said. "Serving as the ranking member on the Energy Subcommittee, which has jurisdiction over these issues of energy research and development, is a tremendous opportunity."

Do you support the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act? Let us know why or why not in the comments section.

Jeannie January 26, 2013 at 05:39 PM
Kudos to Mr. Stalwell! So far so good! Keep up the good work and congratulations on your appointment to the Energy Subcommittee!! This will be important work as well!
A. G. Palmieri January 27, 2013 at 06:13 PM
Questions about reauthorizing the bill?!! Of course NOT! Please get it passed. Anyone so blind not to see the effects of domestic violence or violence against women just needs to visit any medical center or court!thank you!
Rob Phillips January 28, 2013 at 04:52 PM
Helping women? Its a no-brainer. But also helping Native Americans, gays and immigrants? Good luck getting that past a Republican House held hostage by the Tea Party wing! The Republican Party is still on the fast track to self-destruction. But in the mean time, we will suffer another two years of their whacko extremists blocking sensible legislation.

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