Act Now to Secure Funding for VAWA in 2010!
GFWC clubwomen worked hard to secure funding for the Violence Against Women Act and the Victims of Crime Act for fiscal year 2009, but action is again needed to ensure continued success for 2010.
In the coming weeks, two critical amendments to the FY 2010 Congressional Appropriations budget are up for consideration in the Budget Committees of both Houses of Congress. The first amendment, sponsored by Senator Robert Casey (D-PA), seeks to fully fund the Long Term Stability and Housing for Victims Program, a part of the Violence Against Women Act.
This program has existed within VAWA for many years, but has never been funded at the prescribed $10 million. An amendment proposed by Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) proposes to fully fund both the Violence Against Women Act and the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act at $1 billion. This amount would bring both Acts to authorized, fully-funded levels.
As Congress is in recess until April 20, 2009, the next few days are critical to making sure this funding is assured when both Houses return from adjournment. Please contact both the Senate and House of Representatives' Budget Committees' Chairs and Ranking Members and ask that they support both the Violence Against Women Act/Family Violence Prevention and Services Act and the Violence Against Women Act Long Term Housing Amendments in the Fiscal Year 2010 Budget Conference Report.
»Senator Kent Conrad (D-ND), Senate Budget Committee Chairman, 202/224-2043
»Senator Judd Gregg (R-NH), Senate Budget Committee Ranking Member, 202/224-3324
»Representative John M. Spratt (D-SC), House Budget Committee Chairman, 202/225-5501
»Representative Paul Ryan (R-WI), House Budget Committee Ranking Member, 202/225-3031