It's time for the House and Senate to solve the procedural log jam and get the REAL VAWA passed before they go on recess for their August vacation.
TAKE ACTION: CALL YOUR OWN SENATORS AND REPRESENTATIVE AND TELL THEM TO DEMAND CONGRESSIONAL LEADERS SOLVE THE BLUE SLIP PROCEDURAL HOLDUP OR WE’LL GIVE THEM THE PINK SLIP IN NOVEMBER. TELL THEM:
The conference for VAWA is being blocked because the House leadership says the Senate's inclusive VAWA has a small revenue measure that is supposed to be passed first by the House. But in many previous instances, including the Transportation Bill that the President just signed, Congress has carried out a simple procedural option that resolves the problem, so that the bill under consideration can move forward. That must happen NOW so that VAWA 2012 can be negotiated in conference and become law. The House’s posturing and refusal to act will sink the vital improvements, programs and services that our nations’ states and communities rely on to meet the needs of all victims.
We need House and Senate leadership to hear from their fellow Representatives and Senators: Deal with the blue slip problem and pass VAWA NOW! Please call your Representative and Senators and demand that they get their leadership moving on this important bill!
Tell a true story: “VAWA has positively impacted me/my community in the following way: _______________.” Or “Just this week, (a serial rapist attacked two women/an ex-spouse shot…/an immigrant was terrorized by her employer/a child watched…../a rapist on tribal land….)
You are our leaders and we know you care about the tragic loss and cost of sexual assault, domestic and dating violence and stalking. By reauthorizing a bipartisan VAWA reauthorization bill like S. 1925 that protects all victims of violence, the programs and services in your state can continue to serve victims and make our communities safer. You must pass VAWA before you go on vacation!
IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS:
Your member of Congress, 202-224-3121
Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), (202) 225-0600
Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA), (202) 225-4000
Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), (202) 225-0100
Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), (202) 224-3542
Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), (202) 224-2541
Chair of the Democratic Conference Senator Chuck Schumer, (202) 224-6542
We’ve told them in meetings, on the phone and through the National Rally on June 26th. In the words of a very wise 10 year old:
If you don’t know, we were rallying because the Senate had passed a VAWA that included protection for Native Americans on reservations; it protected the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) community, and it protected immigrants and people of color. The bill protected both men and women. But, when the Senate sent it over to the House, they had different opinions. They passed a VAWA that didn’t protect the people that the other bill passed by the Senate did. What I loved about the rally was that everyone there had the same opinion, no matter where they came from, what organization they worked for, if you were well known or not so much, we all had one opinion and one voice. The VAWA passed by the House would not work, at all!