Press Release form the National Network to End Domestic Violence:
VICTORY — The Biden VAWA Budget amendment passed unanimously!
Please Forward — 3/23/07
Thank you for all your calls and emails to your Senators.
Our efforts paid off! The Biden amendment to the budget will increase the funds
available for VAWA programs by $100 million. This is critical in our efforts to
increase funding for VAWA in the Budget and Appropriations process for FY 2008.
This is a HUGE SUCCESS — and it is DIRECTLY due to your calls.
Now that the Biden amendment has passed, the Senate Budget Resolution includes
more money that can be available for VAWA programs. The House and Senate will
now have to work out a compromise Budget Resolution, so we may need action in
the future to ensure this funding is in the final Budget Resolution.
The good news is that this means the Appropriations Committee will likely
have more money in the Budget Resolution to enable them fully fund VAWA
programs! It also puts the Senate on record as supporting increased VAWA
funding – a big help during the Appropriations process.
The way the Budget and Appropriations process works can be confusing. For a
brief summary of the process, visit our web site at:
Action is still needed to ensure VAWA funding!
If you didn’t get the chance to call your Senator today, please take the time to
call or meet with them over the next two weeks. Early Spring is when Congress
is making many decisions about Federal funding – it is our primary window of
opportunity to increase VAWA funding. There are 2 things you can do to take
1) Ask your Senators to sign on to the Biden/Crapo letter requesting full
funding for VAWA.
Senator Biden (D-DE) and Senator Crapo (R-ID) are circulating a letter in the
Senate requesting full funding for VAWA in the Appropriations process. The
letter would be sent to the leadership of the Appropriations Committee, and must
have many signatures to tell them how important VAWA funding is!
The deadline for Senators to sign the letter is April 13, but it currently only
has 13 signatures! (Below is a full list.)
Hearing from you makes a huge difference! Thanks to your calls and letters, 136
US Representatives signed a similar letter that was circulated in the House.
It’s a great success and wouldn’t have been possible without you. Visit
<http://www.nnedv.org/funding> www.nnedv.org/funding to see a copy of the letter
and a list of the Representatives who signed it.
SUPPORTING INCREASED VAWA FUNDING!
TELL YOUR SENATORS:
** The city and state you are calling from.
** “Thank you for supporting the Biden VAWA amendment to increase funding in the
Budget resolution for domestic violence programs.”
** “Please sign on to the appropriations letter being circulated by Senators
Biden and Crapo requesting full funding for VAWA.”
If they would like more information about the letter, please inform them that
they can contact either Senator Biden’s office at (202) 224-9488 or Senator
Crapo’s office at (202) 224-7500.
** If you have time, tell them why your city or state needs funding for VAWA
programs. Talk about increased demand for services and unmet needs OR share
successes from VAWA-funded programs.
For contact information for your Senators, visit <http://www.senate.gov/>
www.senate.gov or call the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121.
Never called your Members of Congress before? Don’t worry, it’s easy!
When you call your Senators, your call will be answered by a receptionist. Tell
him or her that you want to leave a message for the Senator. The receptionist
will take down your message.
2) Meet with your Members of Congress during April recess.
At the beginning of the month, members of both the Senate and House of
Representatives will be in recess. During this time most members of Congress
are working at home in their state or district. The Senate will be in recess
from April 2 – 9, and the House will be in recess from April 2 – 13.
Members need to hear from you — their constituents — about the work that your
domestic violence program does and the critical support that federal VAWA and
VOCA dollars provide to your community.
Recess provides a great opportunity to talk with members at town hall meetings,
community events, or by setting up an appointment with them directly.
Coordinate with your state coalition to plan meetings. You can also invite the
Member of Congress to visit your program and learn about domestic violenc
services first-hand. Talking points to help you discuss your funding needs and
how VAWA can help meet them are available on our web site at
www.nnedv.org/funding: <http://www.nnedv.org/funding> .
Current Signers for Senate VAWA Full Funding Letter
- Senator Biden (D-DE)
- Senator Boxer (D-CA)
- Senator Cantwell (D-WA)
- Senator Collins (R-ME)
- Senator Crapo (R-ID)
- Senator Durbin (D-IL)
- Senator Kerry (D-MA)
- Senator Leahy (D-VT)
- Senator Levin (D-MI)
- Senator Lieberman (D-CT)
- Senator Obama (D-IL)
- Senator Roberts (R-KS)
- Senator Sanders (D-VT)
For more information, including detailed information about VAWA, visit