Received the following from Sen. Al Franken, and decided it was well worth posting.
This is not one of those e-mails.
Some in Washington are gearing up to oppose reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act – a landmark piece of legislation that ensures domestic violence is taken seriously. Programs supported by this Act protect domestic abuse survivors and give prosecutors the resources to convict the abusers.
Holding up this legislation is not right. That’s why I’m teaming up with my fellow Minnesotan – Senator Amy Klobuchar – to show that we will not tolerate political games at the expense of those in need.
Just seven years ago, a nearly identical reauthorizing bill passed with unanimous consent in the Senate and a vote of 415-4 in the House. As far as votes in Congress go, that’s about as bipartisan as you get. There’s no reason that shouldn’t be happening now.
More than 1 in 3 women in the United States will experience domestic violence in their lifetime. Almost 17,000 people lose their lives every year as a result of domestic violence. I get it – elections are coming up and everyone wants to raise a ruckus. But we’re talking about life and death here – this is too important for Washington’s usual games.
I don’t care if it’s election season, football season, or whatever season — survivors of domestic violence need our help now and always. Senator Klobuchar and I will do our best to get this bill passed immediately. We hope you’ll sign our petition and join our effort today.
Thanks for listening, and for showing your support for the survivors of domestic violence.
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