On February 2, the Senate Committee on the Judiciary approved, by a vote of 10 to 8, S. 1925, the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) of 2011, introduced by Committee Chair Patrick Leahy (D-VT). NLIHC endorses S. 1892, Housing Rights for Victims of Domestic and Sexual Violence Act, introduced by Senator Al Franken (D-MN), which serves as the housing title of the broader VAWA bill (see Memo, 11/18/11).
The Committee adopted by voice vote an amendment in the nature of a substitute offered by Senator Leahy. This amendment made technical changes to the housing title of the bill, but does not impact the key provisions of the title, such as the expansion of the list of federal housing programs covered by VAWA protections. Currently, VAWA housing protections only apply to residents of public housing, project-based Section 8 properties, or to those who have a Housing Choice Voucher.
NLIHC co-signed a letter endorsing S. 1892 with other domestic violence prevention advocacy organizations in advance of the S. 1925 markup.
An archived webcast of the markup and all amendments are available at: www.judiciary.senate.gov/
A copy of the endorsement letter is available at: www.nlihc.org/doc/VAWA_Endorsement_Letter_2-1-12.pdf