Update: On April 4, 2019, the House of Representatives passed a reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and closed the “Boyfriend Loophole” which allows non-married abusers to hold onto their firearms after acts of domestic violence. The bill passed by a vote of 263-158, with 33 Republicans defying the NRA’s orders and joining Democrats in the majority. Thanks to everyone who participated in this campaign!
In July 2018, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee of Texas introduced a bill to re-authorize the Violence Against Women Act. Since that time, H.R. 6545 has garnered 154 co-sponsors—all Democrats. Republicans have allowed the bill to sit in the House Judiciary Committee without taking any action on it.
H.R. 6545 would make several critical improvements over previous versions of the VAWA, increasing funding for prevention and prohibiting those who have been convicted of dating violence or stalking from possessing firearms (as opposed to married abusers/stalkers, who are already prohibited).
The safety of women is not optional—our goverment has a duty to get this reauthorization done and stop abusers!
Please call your U.S. Representative through the U.S. Capitol Hotline at (202) 224-3121 and give him/her the following message, personalized to your liking:
As your constituent, I want you to co-sponsor Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee’s H.R. 6545, the Violence Against Women Act reauthorization, and support the bill with a YES vote when it comes to the floor of the House. H.R. 6545 is critically important to me as a voter and I want to see it reauthorized immediately. I want to see you leaning forward on this and supporting Rep. Jackson-Lee’s strengthened version of VAWA because it improves the law in a number of key areas, including by increasing funding for prevention and prohibiting dating partners who abuse women from buying and owning guns. Make sure you co-sponsor H.R. 6545 and support it in a floor vote. I will be watching your actions closely, and making my decisions at the polls based on them.
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