Friday, March 01, 2013
Dent Breaks Party Ranks to Vote For VAWA
Lehigh Valley Congressman Charlie Dent broke party ranks to join all House Democrats in voting for an expanded Violence Against Women Act yesterday. All Democrats, along with 87 Republicans, supported the Senate version of this measure in the House, which is now on its way to President Barack Obama.
From the House floor, Dent told fellow members that “VAWA has substantially improved our nation’s ability to combat violent crime and protect its victims, providing a strong safety net for women and children across the United States. According to the FBI, incidents of rape have dropped by nearly 20 percent from the law’s enactment in 1994 through 2011.”
He added, “The Senate voted to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act with a bipartisan majority. Both of Pennsylvania’s Senators supported it. By voting yes on the underlying bill we moved reauthorizing legislation to the President’s desk immediately. It's the right thing to do. It's about time we do it”
He noted that VAWA is crucial to battered women agencies like Turning Point, as well as police officers.