Press Release ● Human and Civil Rights
For Immediate Release: 
July 26, 2018
Contact Info: 
Mariel Saez 202-225-3130
WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) joined House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (CA-12), Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee Jerry Nadler (NY-10), Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations Sheila Jackson Lee (TX-18), House Democrats, and survivors and advocates for a press conference to introduce a reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act. Below is a transcript of his remarks:

“Violence against other persons ought to be unacceptable, in any venue. Violence against mothers, against wives, against daughters, against children, must unacceptable, anywhere, any time, any place.

“I am so proud to be an original co-sponsor with all of you. [Rep.] Sheila [Jackson Lee], thank you for you leadership. Thank you, [Reps.] Gwen [Moore], Nancy [Pelosi], Annie [Kuster], Frederica [Wilson]. [Rep.] Jerry [Nadler], you and I are the allies –men who understand that violence against those women who are so important in our lives is unacceptable. [Reps.] Al Green and Brad Schneider and Alex—where’s Alex? Alex is with his mom, his mom, Lisalyn [Jacobs, Director of Victim Services at the National Center for Victims of Crime], who is setting such a great example for her son. Kate [Ranta, a survivor], thank you for being here and having the courage to tell your story, which, tragically, is the story of millions.

“I was proud to be an original co-sponsor of the bipartisan Violence Against Women Act in 1994, and I worked with my colleagues, Nancy and I and others on both sides of the aisle, to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act in 2000, and 2005, and 2013.

“Today, we are introducing a reauthorization, which will provide critical resources to help with prevention and support for victims, particularly for housing, which is such a key need. Everyone one of us in every community understands, where do I go? Where do I flee from this violence? Where do I keep my children safe?

“This law is set to expire on September 30 of this year, just some 60 days from now That’s why Congress must act quickly to ensure that the law does not lapse. We are urging our Republican friends not to play partisan games with the Violence Against Women Act, as unfortunately was done in the last reauthorization. It delayed reauthorization. I hope that does not happen this year.

“Let’s come together, as we have in the past, to make sure that victims of domestic violence get the support, and safety, and care, and justice that they need.

“Now I am privileged to introduce one of the great leaders on behalf of human rights, on behalf of justice for all, and on behalf of civil rights in this country, the Ranking Member of the Judiciary Committee from New York, Mr. Jerry Nadler.”