Jul 272007

This is from NNEDV:


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
sexual violence;
* $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),
passed 243-186.
* $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?

We still have several hurdles to cross before Congress finishes their spending
bills and we see money distributed to the field.

The different House and Senate bills must be rectified into one final bill that
is passed by Congress and signed by the President (who has threatened to veto
bills that increase spending beyond his requested budget). We will likely call
upon you twice this fall (as early as October and as late as December) to weigh
in at crucial moments to ensure these increases are included in the final bill!

Visit <http://www.nnedv.org/pdf/BudgetandAppropriationsOverview.pdf> for an explanation of the
Budget and Appropriations processes.

Who should we thank?

If your Representative voted YES for one of the amendments, please call and
thank them! Below are links to a list of all U.S. Representatives, ordered by
state, and how they voted on each amendment. If they voted NO on one of the
amendments, simply let them know you were disappointed or surprised by the NO
vote, or ask them why they chose to vote NO on that particular amendment.

Chart of the Representatives’ votes, ordered by state:

Starting August 6, Representatives will be in their home districts for the rest
of the month. They attend many community events and love to hear from you.
This is a great chance to thank them and their staff in person! Thanking your
Representative in person carries significant weight and will make a lasting

Additionally, please call and THANK these Representatives who sponsored
amendments or played a leadership role on the CJS Appropriations bill:

Amendment Sponsors

Jay Inslee (D-WA)
(202) 225-6311

Dan Burton (R-ID)
(202) 225-2276

Dave Reichert (R-WA)
(202) 225-7761

Chris Murphy (D-CT)
(202) 225-4476

Ted Poe (R-TX)
(202) 225-6565

Jim Costa (D-CA)
(202) 225-3341

Dennis Moore (D-KS)
(202) 225-2865

Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV)
(202) 225-2711

Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) (amendment offered and withdrawn)
(202) 225-5635

Appropriations Committee Leadership

Alan Mollohan (D-WV)
(202) 225 4172

Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-NJ)
(202) 225 5034

David Obey (D-WI)
(202) 225 3365

Jerry Lewis (D-CA)
(202) 225 5851


This is an incredible victory for victims, families, and communities, and it is
all thanks to your advocacy with Congress! Thank you again for taking action
and contacting your members of the House about the importance of VAWA programs
for your community.

Thanks again for all the amazing work you do. We know how very busy you are
saving lives every day. Your voices – your stories – help Members of Congress
understand how successful and critical programs like VAWA save lives, rebuild
families, and prevent future crimes.

 July 27, 2007  Posted by on July 27, 2007

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