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'Violence' Act Passes Senate, Obama Urges House to Follow Suit

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Tuesday the Senate passed the ‘Violence Against Women Act' and both President Obama and VP Biden made statements in support of the act.

Obama called it "a strong bipartisan bill to reauthorize and strengthen the Violence Against Women Act."

He said it was an important step that demonstrates how the Senate can work across party lines towards a just cause.

The purpose of the bill is to help reduce homicides that occur from domestic violence, improve the criminal justice response to rape and sexual assault, address the high rates of dating violence experienced by young women, and provide justice to those most vulnerable.

Obama said "I want to thank Senator Leahy and his colleagues from both sides of the aisle for the leadership they have shown on behalf of victims of abuse. It's now time for the House to follow suit and send this bill to my desk so that I can sign it into law."

Biden also expressed his hopes that the bill would quickly pass the House.

"This law has been incredibly effective," said Biden. "I hope the House will vote without delay to renew the law so that we can continue to assist victims of domestic violence and sexual assault and hold offenders accountable for their crimes."

He said "Delay isn't an option when three women are still killed by their husbands or boyfriends every day. Delay isn't an option when countless women still live in fear of abuse, and when one in five have been victims of rape."

The VP went on to say he believes there is no debate with this bill and that it crosses the bound of both party lines. He urged the House to follow the Senate's lead and pass the ‘Violence Against Women Act' right away.

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