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Faso wants domestic violence bill reupped

Sep 21, 2018 11:01 am
Chris Mckenna at The Fray reports that Rep. John Faso (R-Kinderhook) is one of eight House Republicans working to extend the Violence Against Women Act after it expires Sept. 30. Faso wants just a six-month extension to allow time to negotiate a longer compromise extension on the 1994 law that provides money for programs meant to prevent and address domestic violence and sexual assault. Congress has reauthorized VAWA three times since 1994, but House Republicans did not take up the measure this summer. “VAWA programs are instrumental in increasing awareness of domestic and sexual abuse, improving services and support available to victims, and enhancing law enforcement training and response to these crimes,” Faso said in a press release. “For the safety of our communities, to continue protecting and supporting survivors, we must not allow VAWA to expire. This six-month extension of the legislation is critical, and I remain committed to working with my colleagues from both sides of the aisle to pass a long-term reauthorization.” Faso and 45 other House Republicans had sent House Speaker Paul Ryan a letter last week urging Republicans to pass a bipartisan reauthorization bill. Read the full story at The Fray.