This is from NNEDV:
INCREDIBLE VAWA AND VOCA FUNDING VICTORY – Thursday, July 26, 2007
Congressional staff told us last night that they had received SO MANY CALLS FROM
YOU and that those calls made all the difference in the votes.
Late last night, the full U.S. House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly for
4 amendments to increase funding for VAWA by $29 million and for VOCA by $10
million in their Commerce, Justice, Science (CJS) Appropriations Bill.
This is a stunning success! It’s unheard of to pass multiple amendments like
this, particularly by such huge margins!
The Inslee-Burton Amendment, offered by Congressmen Jay Inslee (D-WA) and Dan
Burton (R-IN), passed 412-18.
* $6 million for services for children exposed to domestic violence and sexual
* $6 million for direct services for youth and teen victims of domestic and
* $1 million for a Tribal sex offender and protection order registry to help
stop serial perpetrators and $1 million for a study of violence committed
against Native women.
The Reichert-Murphy Amendment, offered by Congressmen Dave Reichert (R-WA) and
Chris Murphy (D-CT), passed 405-25.
* $5 million to train judges and create court practices that improve victim
The Poe-Costa-Moore Amendment, offered by Congressmen Ted Poe (R-TX), Jim Costa
(D-CA), and Dennis Moore (D-KS), passed 395-34.
* $10 million increase for VOCA and prevents potentially devastating cuts to
The Capito Amendment, offered by Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV),
* $10 million increase for Rural Grants.
Congressman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) also offered and withdrew an amendment, using
it as an opportunity to speak out about the importance of STOP Grants and the
need to enforce protection orders.
Combined with the $61.4 million in increases for VAWA that were included in the
version of the CJS bill passed out of Committee, this is a $100.4 million
increase in funding over last year’s budget for domestic violence, sexual
assault and stalking!
What happens next?
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