WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez (CA-47) voted against the House Republican version of the Violence Against Women Act on Wednesday because it would be a step backwards in the fight against domestic abuse. The legislation did include a bill that Rep. Sanchez introduced this Congress that would have updated the federal stalking statute to the 21st century. However, the bill removes existing protections for immigrant women, putting them at greater risk of domestic and sexual abuse.
“The Violence Against Women Act has never been a partisan issue until House Republicans this Congress chose to make it so,” said Sanchez. “This version of the bill put forth by Republicans is outrageous and deeply disappointing. It rolls back confidentiality protections for abused immigrant women and it also omits improvements the Senate bill made to the law, which would have made sure all victims of domestic abuse are afforded help – no matter their sexual orientation or gender identity.
“This is an example of partisan gridlock at its worst. I urge House Republicans to put politics aside and prioritize the safety and security of all women.”
The bill passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 222-205.