House approves domestic violence law amid dispute over guns

U.S. House votes to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act with help from Republican Brian Fitzpatrick

U.S. House votes to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act with help from Republican Brian Fitzpatrick

"The Democrat version of the Violence Against Women Act takes away Second Amendment rights from people without due process". First signed into law in 1994, the 2019 reauthorization enhances judicial, law enforcement, and healthcare tools to better serve survivors of violence, and expands housing protections for survivors.

There is one casualty of the 35-day long government shutdown that you may not know about: the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).

The House passed Democrats' new version of the Violence Against Women Act on Thursday, rejecting Republicans' pleas to restore quickly the old law which expired earlier this year. It will also increase funding for initiatives including the Rape Prevention & Education Program.

Just 33 Republicans joined Democrats in approving the bill, as others had already expressed their inability to support the bill due to several of the provisions included. Republicans also oppose a new provision to allow USA citizens to be tried in tribal courts for crimes of domestic or dating violence committed by non-native perpetrators on native lands; a provision to create a pathway for an "alternative justice response" as a form of mediation between victims and abusers; and the expansion of existing protections to include transgender victims. Rep.

"Republicans are committed to reauthorizing VAWA, however, Democrats have refused to engage on the issue in a meaningful, bipartisan manner and instead rushed a partisan bill to the floor", reads a statement to Blaze Media from the office of Minority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La.

The National Rifle Association stated its support for VAWA, in an email to the Thomson Reuters Foundation, but said the gun control provisions politicized the issue.

It also, "creates a new lifetime prohibition for person's convicted of "stalking" crimes, that could include emotional distress as adequate evidence for a gun purchase ban".

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Rep. Karen Bass, the California Democrat who sponsored the legislation, denied those allegations, saying her tried to include some GOP ideas.

Rather than simply reauthorize the law, Democrats used the opportunity to add more federal gun control to legislation originally aimed at combating domestic violence and sexual assault.

Pelosi said the gun-control provisions were "common-sense reforms that will save lives and that no one should object to".

In the United States, 50 women are shot and killed every month by an intimate partner or former partner, according to Everytown for Gun Safety, a non-profit that advocates for gun control in the United States.

"We are trying to save lives", said Dingell on Wednesday in front of the U.S. Capitol.

Democrats defeated a proposal by Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., to extend the current law for a year. "I don't see that it has much impact on the passage of the bill in the House of Representatives", she said.

The expansion of protections for transgender individuals, for example, prioritizes that group over privacy concerns of cisgender women in domestic abuse shelters and prisons, said Rep. Louie Gohmert, Texas Republican. Republicans want those access and sentencing guidelines to continue to correspond with biological sex assigned at birth.

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