Bucks Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick, along with New York counterparts, Rep. Elise Stefanik and Rep. John Faso, introduced yesterday the Violence Against Women Extension Act – a six-month clean extension of the expiring provisions of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).

Credit: PA House — Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick with the Homeland Security Committee

Congressman Fitzpatrick is urging immediate action on this legislation before the Sept. 30 deadline. A six-month extension provides Congress the opportunity to hold hearings and make improvements to VAWA without threatening existing programs.

“Congress must continue to aggressively combat domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking — by swiftly reauthorizing the bipartisan Violence Against Women Act (VAWA),” said Fitzpatrick.

Saying more work needs to be done, the congressman noted, “VAWA has drastically improved our nation’s response to safeguarding women and children from abuse and anguish.

Original cosponsors of this bill include Reps. Don Bacon (R-NE-02), Susan Brooks (R-IN-05), Mike Coffman (R-CO-06), Rodney Davis (R-IL-13), John Faso (R-NY-19), Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA-08), and Steve Stivers (R-OH-15).