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Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger

Representing the 2nd District of Maryland

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Supporting "real" protection for all women

Feb 28, 2013

Today, I proudly voted to support what I am calling the “real” Violence Against Women Act – a traditionally noncontroversial bill that improves the investigation and prosecution of violent crimes against women. The Act works: We’ve seen a 60 percent decrease in domestic violence since it first passed in 1994. 

The Senate recently passed its version of this bill in an overwhelming, bipartisan vote. Today, a few members of the House tried to pass a different version that rolls back protections for some women, such as Native Americans. It also omitted critical programs for preventing human trafficking, sexual assault on college campuses and additional resources to address rape kit backlogs.
Fortunately, that version failed and the “real” version passed by a bipartisan vote of 286-138.  We can now send meaningful protections for all women to the President’s desk for his signature. I am honored to have this opportunity to serve my constituents and vote to ensure these protections for all women continue.