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Violence Against Women Reauthorization, Grassley Responds to Politicization

This news story was published on April 19, 2012.
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Senator Chuck Grassley released the following statement regarding the Violence Against Women Act.  Grassley is Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee.  Grassley is working with Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, the Ranking Member of the Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations Subcommittee, on an alternative to the Democratic bill that is expected to be considered next week.  The Senate Democratic leadership has allowed VAWA’s reauthorization to lapse for six months by failing to bring a bill to the floor (the VAWA office and programs are still being funded through appropriations and running as in previous years).  The Hutchison-Grassley alternative bill won’t increase the budget deficit, unlike the Judiciary Committee passed bill, which the Congressional Budget Office says will increase direct spending by more than $100 million.

“Reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act isn’t partisan.  Despite the rhetoric, Republicans are firmly committed to reauthorizing VAWA.  Unfortunately, the bill that cleared the Judiciary Committee failed to address some fundamental problems, including significant waste, ineligible expenditures, immigration fraud and possible unconstitutional provisions.  That’s unacceptable. Our country has limited resources and every possible taxpayer dollar should go to victims.

“Senator Hutchison and I are working on an alternative to the VAWA bill that will both strengthen important provisions and fix weaknesses in the committee-passed bill.  It maintains adequate funding authorization, without adding to the budget deficit (unlike the committee-passed bill), and it focuses resources on helping victims.”

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