Washington—Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today released the following statement on ongoing efforts to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act:
“I’m pleased the House passed its VAWA reauthorization bill with meaningful improvements to the law. I’m also thrilled the bill passed with 33 Republican votes – this shouldn’t be a partisan issue.
“I’m looking forward to working with Republican Senator Ernst on this issue and am hopeful the Senate will be able to follow soon. As Senator Ernst said at a Judiciary Committee hearing last month, our goal is to ‘reauthorize and modernize’ the law. There are a number of improvements in the House bill that I think should be in our version, including preserving improvements already made in the 2013 reauthorization.
“I hope the Senate will move quickly. This is an important law and one the Senate should take very seriously and act upon expeditiously.”