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17LTR-VAWA on Mar 1, 2017

Report: providing funding for programs for Violence Against Women Act
Source: Letter from 8 Senators
Excerpts from Letter from 8 Senators on VAWA: We write to urge you to join us in supporting the programs authorized by the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). Many of us have worked for decades to raise public awareness about sexual and domestic violence, and improve services and resources for survivors, but there is still much work to be done. Congress has appropriated significant resources to support the grant programs over the last two decades. Community assistance programs across the country are experiencing severe budget shortfalls, forcing domestic violence shelters and rape crisis centers to close or reduce services. We encourage you to make VAWA funding a priority for 2018.

Supporting argument: (ACLU letter to Senate Judiciary Committee, July 27, 2005): VAWA is one of the most effective pieces of legislation enacted to end domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. It has dramatically improved the law enforcement response to violence against women and has provided critical services to women & children.

Opposing legal argument: (Cato Institute, "VAWA Exceeds Federal Authority," by Roger Pilon, March 30, 2000): With VAWA, Congress exceeded its constitutional authority. It is, in effect, a federal tort statute. Where in the Constitution does Congress find authority to enact such legislation? Supporters point to two sources: the "commerce clause" and the Equal Protection Clause. But the act does not regulate commerce, and the 14th Amendment protects against state violations, not against private acts.

Opposing economic argument: (Heritage Foundation Budget Book 2016): Heritage Recommendation: Eliminate VAWA grants. This proposal saves $428 million in 2016, and $4.7 billion over 10 years. Rationale: "We're against violence against women. We are also against failed federal programs. End VAWA." VAWA grants should be terminated, because these services should be funded locally. Also see Senate legislation S.47 and House version H.R. 11 on domestic violence

    Participating counts on VoteMatch question 2. Question 2: Legally require hiring women & minorities Scores: -2=Strongly oppose; -1=Oppose; 0=neutral; 1=Support; 2=Strongly support.
  • Topic: Families & Children
  • Headline: Provide funding for programs for Violence Against Women Act (Score: 1)
  • Headline 2: Provide funding for programs for Violence Against Women Act (Score: 1)

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