The Senate’s bipartisan bill to reauthorize VAWA, S. 47, will come up for a vote next week. The bill contains key provisions to protect immigrant, LGBT and Tribal victims. The bill will be considered on Monday, February 4 and up for a vote on Thursday, February 7.
S. 47 now has 60 co-sponsors – due in large part to all of your calls! This should guarantee VAWA’s passage in the Senate. However, there is a possibility that amendments could be introduced on the floor next week that would attach non-germane provisions to VAWA and could slow down forward movement on the bill. Please call your Senators today and Monday, and urge them to vote yes on S. 47, without amendments!
Call the Capitol switchboard at 888.269.5702 and ask the operator to connect you to Senators Baldwin and Johnson. When you’re connected to their offices, tell the person who answers the phone:
1) I am a constituent from (city, Wisconsin) and my name is _________.
2 (Johnson) I urge Senator Johnson to vote yes on S. 47, a strong, bipartisan bill that would reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act – and to oppose any amendments that are introduced.
2 (Baldwin) I thank Senator Baldwin for co-sponsoring S. 47 and urge her to oppose any amendments that are introduced.
3) Thank you and I look forward to hearing that the Senator has voted for VAWA.
We are optimistic that a strong bill will be passed out of the Senate – and then we can turn our attention to the House and to getting a final VAWA that safely and effectively protects all victims!