Senator Franken made Minnesotans proud this week as he urged his colleagues to support the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act (VAWA) to help protect women who are victims of sexual and domestic violence. See what Senator Franken had to say to President Obama, his colleagues and, most importantly, to the women of our country.
The bill includes Sen. Franken's Housing Rights for Victims of Domestic and Sexual Violence Act that would make it unlawful to evict a woman from federally-supported housing just because she is a victim of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking. Also included is his Survivors of Sexual Assault Act which ensures that survivors of sexual assault are never forced to pay for their own rape kits.
"Last spring, just before the Senate passed the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act, I came to the floor to share some words from my late, dear friend Sheila Wellstone, whose commitment to ending domestic violence is an everlasting source of inspiration to my wife Franni and to me. We passed the VAWA Reauthorization Act in the Senate last April. But the House did not let it go to the President for signature and enactment. So we're back here today - voting on the bill again - because those of us who believe in VAWA will continue to fight for the bill's passage until it is signed into law. I encourage my colleagues - both in the Senate and in the House - to come together to work toward ending the violence - to support this bill."
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