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Pocan Attends Presidential Signing of Violence Against Women Act

Mar 8, 2013
Press Release

WASHINGTON—U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan (WI-02) yesterday attended the Presidential signing of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) at the Department of the Interior. Last week, House Democrats rejected a discriminatory version of the bill that removed protections for LGBT, Native American and immigrant victims of domestic violence, and then won passage of an inclusive and bipartisan VAWA that expands and improves this historic law. Pocan had joined his colleagues on the LGBT Congressional Equality Caucus in urging their colleagues to reject the discriminatory version of the bill and requiring protections for all victims to be restored.

“I am honored to be a part of history today and join President Obama as he signs an inclusive and expanded Violence Against Women Act. This legislation reconfirms our commitment as a country to do all that we can to prevent domestic violence and sexual assault.  Equally as important, it ensures we provide support, protections and a voice to victims—all victims—of these heinous crimes.

“In particular, I would like to thank my fellow Wisconsinite, colleague and friend Congresswoman Gwen Moore for leading the fight in the House to ensure the Violence Against Women Act was passed without compromising our priorities and principles. Rep. Moore inspired myself, my colleagues, advocates, victims and women across the nation with her passion and commitment to seeing this through, even after the bill went more than 500 days without reauthorization.  Because of the efforts of Rep. Moore and the advocacy of countless others, today our country is a stronger and safer place.”