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VAWA Needs Your Help Today!

Today, the House of Representatives will take a historic procedural vote. House members have been asked to take an up or down vote on the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Republican substitute bill. The Republican VAWA substitute is entirely different than the Senate version (S.47), which passed with strong bipartisan support on February 12 by a 78-22 vote.

The House substitute bill strips away the provisions that will assist with the gap in services for the Native American women, immigrant women, and LGBT individuals.

NCIL strongly supports the protections included in S. 47 for these groups. We strongly urge members of the House of Representative to vote against the substitute bill and in favor of S. 47. 

A vote is likely happening today! Take action:

  1. Call, write or email both of your House Members today and urge them to vote no on the House Republican substitute bill and to vote yes for S. 47, the bi-partisan Senate VAWA bill.
  2. Contact your Representatives. In your call, email, or letter, identify yourself as a constituent and urge your senators: Please vote yes on S.47 with no amendments when it comes up for a vote! 
  3. Ask your family, friends, co-workers, and fellow community members to call in as well.

For more information on about this issue, contact Dara Baldwin, NCIL Policy Analyst, at

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