President to Sign into Law Sen. Franken's Provisions to Protect Domestic Violence Victims

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President to Sign into Law Sen. Franken's Provisions to Protect Domestic Violence Victims

February 28, 2013 Updated Feb 28, 2013 at 1:13 PM CDT

Washington, DC (NNCNOW.com) -- U.S. Senator Al Franken has stated the U.S. House of Representatives voted to send the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act, which included two provisions he wrote, to the President to sign into law.

President Obama issued the following statement:

"I was pleased to see the House of Representatives come together and vote to reauthorize and strengthen the Violence Against Women Act. Over more than two decades, this law has saved countless lives and transformed the way we treat victims of abuse. Today’s vote will go even further by continuing to reduce domestic violence, improving how we treat victims of rape, and extending protections to Native American women and members of the LGBT community. The bill also reauthorizes the Trafficking Victims Protection Act, providing critical support for both international and domestic victims of trafficking and helping ensure traffickers are brought to justice. I want to thank leaders from both parties – especially Leader Pelosi, Congresswoman Gwen Moore and Senator Leahy – for everything they’ve done to make this happen. Renewing this bill is an important step towards making sure no one in America is forced to live in fear, and I look forward to signing it into law as soon as it hits my desk."

The bill, which was originally passed by the Senate, includes Sen. Franken's Housing Rights for Victims of Domestic and Sexual Violence Act, which would make it unlawful to evict a woman from federally supported housing just because she is a victim of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking.

Also included is his Survivors of Sexual Assault Act, which ensures that survivors of sexual assault are never forced to pay for their own rape kits.

"Women should never have to live in fear of domestic and sexual violence, and our nation's laws should do everything possible to protect them," said Sen. Franken. "Today's bipartisan passage of the Violence Against Women Act is an important step in the fight to end domestic violence and sexual assault. I'm proud that it includes my provisions to ensure that survivors of sexual assault aren't forced to pay for their own rape kits, and to protect women from being evicted just because they're victims of sexual assault or domestic violence. This is a critical bill, and I'm pleased that we were able to work across party lines to get this done."

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