Congresswoman Johnson’s Statement Marking the 24th Anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act
Washington, DC – Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson today released the following statement commemorating the 24th anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act:
“In the 24 years since President Clinton signed the Violence Against Women Act into law, victims of violence across the country have received support to combat abuse. Never before had Congress so boldly risen to combat a serious epidemic directed at women, in particular, who are the targets of threats and violence in their homes, workplaces and elsewhere.
“The progress that the Violence Against Women Act has helped achieve came as a result of both parties in Congress working together to provide protections that addressed a serious issue, not just during its initial passage in 1994 but again when it was twice reauthorized. As these provisions are set to expire in only four legislative days, I am hopeful that the Majority will join together with Democrats to pass a bill that would restore this vital law. With a show of bipartisan support, Congress can send a strong message that the American people will not tolerate violent crimes against women.”
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