Congressman John Katko is leading the push to have Republican House leaders reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act.
Katko is the lead author of the letter signed by 45 Republicans urging House Speaker Paul Ryan and Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy to pass a bipartisan measure to reauthorize the measure. In a statement, Katko said reauthorization of VAWA should not be a partisan issue – it should be a bipartisan priority.
In a statement, Katko said “VAWA authorizes grants which have a tremendous impact in Central New York and across the nation. We must work across the aisle to reauthorize this important measure so we can continue to save lives, protect children, and prevent future victims of domestic and sexual violence.”
The law provides funding for domestic violence programs and protections for victims. The bill first signed in 1994 was last renewed in 2013 and is due to expire at the end of this month.