September 10, 2018
Albany, NY

Governor Cuomo Calls on Congress to Reauthorize Violence Against Women Act Before it Expires at End of Month

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Funding Through Legislation Supports Over 20,000 Survivors of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault in New York Each Year

 

Governor Cuomo: "With less than 10 legislative days before the Act expires, it is unconscionable that extreme conservatives in Congress are stonewalling the future of the bill and putting the safety and well-being of New Yorkers at risk. By failing to reauthorize this bill, Republicans in Congress have shown how low a priority they place on the safety of women and others protected by the Act—of whatever race, religion, sexual orientation or immigration status."

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"The Violence Against Women Act was a landmark step forward in the battle against domestic violence. Originally signed in 1994 by President Clinton, the Violence Against Women Act has been reauthorized three times by bipartisan majorities in Congress and signed by Presidents Clinton, Bush and Obama. Funding through this legislation, which expires at the end of the month, supports over 20,000 survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in New York each year.

 

"With less than 10 legislative days before the Act expires, it is unconscionable that extreme conservatives in Congress are stonewalling the future of the bill and putting the safety and well-being of New Yorkers at risk. By failing to reauthorize this bill, Republicans in Congress have shown how low a priority they place on the safety of women and others protected by the Act—of whatever race, religion, sexual orientation or immigration status.

 

"In New York, we have led the fight to combat domestic violence and protect the safety and well-being of women. Our 2015 Women's Equality Agenda advanced critical policies to protect domestic violence victims, and in 2016 we launched the Enough is Enough initiative, the most aggressive policy in the nation against sexual assault on college campuses.

 

"This year we took new action to combat harassment and abuse. I signed legislation to remove guns from domestic abusers, because no woman should be victimized twice, first by abusers and then by a system that allows abusers to retain their guns. And in the wake of the #MeToo movement, we passed legislation setting a national standard in the fight against sexual harassment and extending the storage timeline for forensic rape kits from 30 days to 20 years.

 

"Instead of trying to take this nation backwards, I call on Congress to get to work and reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act without delay."

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