House and Senate Committees Approve Reauthorization of Violence Against Women Act
By Ed Somers
The House Judiciary Committee approved a five-year reauthorization of the grant programs contained in the 1994 Violence Against Women Act on June 27, and the Senate Judiciary Committee took the same action on companion legislation on June 29. The new bills (HR 1248/S 2787) would authorize $3 billion over five years for grant programs to local governments and states to combat violence against women.
The U.S. Conference of Mayors adopted a resolution at its recent 68th Annual Conference of Mayors in Seattle supporting reauthorization of this law.