|00:00:00||IMPORTANT LEGISLATION SINCE IT WAS PASSED.|
|00:00:02||IT TOOK US A NUMBER OF YEARS TO GET IT PASSED IN THE FIRST PLACE.|
|00:00:05||IT'S NEVER BEEN OFF OUR RADAR SCREEN.|
|00:00:08||AND ESPECIALLY TO MY GOOD FRIEND FROM WISCONSIN WHO COMES FORWARD IN VERY COMPELLING WAYS TO ASK THAT WE VOTE NO ON THE PREVIOUS QUESTION SO THAT WE CAN CONSIDER THE VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN ACT WHICH MAY WELL EXPIRE, MAKING IT, I FEAR, A REAL TARGET FOR THE APPROPRIATION COMMITTEE, BECAUSE THE BILL SHALL NOT HAVE BEEN RE-AUTHORIZED.|
|00:00:30||MR. SPEAKER, I VISITED A SAFE HOUSE LAST WEEK IN MY DISTRICT BECAUSE I WANTED TO HEAR WHY A WOMAN WOULD MAKE A DECISION TO STAY AT HOME WITH AN ABUSER RATHER THAN LEAVE?|
|00:00:44||I'M NOT SURE I UNDERSTOOD IN MY HEART WHY SHE WOULD ASSUME THE RISK RATHER THAN LEAVE.|
|00:00:54||I'M GLAD I WENT.|
|00:00:56||THERE WERE EIGHT WOMEN THERE, DIFFERENT AGES, SOME HAD CHILDREN.|
|00:01:03||FOR THE FIRST TIME I UNDERSTOOD IN THE MOST POIGNANT AND PRACTICAL WAY, I UNDERSTOOD WHAT A RAPE CRISIS CENTER MEANS.|
|00:01:18||WHEN I HEARD THE STORIES OF THESE WOMEN.|
|00:01:22||AND THEN THE NOTION THAT THIS BILL WOULD EXPIRE, THE APPROPRIATION COMMITTEE WOULD HAVE BEFORE IT AN UNAUTHORIZED BILL, WHICH BECOMES A TARGET IN AND OF ITSELF, WOULD SEEM JUST TOO MUCH TO BEAR.|
|00:01:37||YET THE BILL HAS GONE NOWHERE HERE.|
|00:01:41||AT LEAST IN THE OTHER BODY THE BILL HAS BEEN INTRODUCED, IT IS A BIPARTISAN BILL WITH REPUBLICAN AND SEVERAL REPUBLICANS AS WELL AS DEMOCRATS ON THE BILL.|
|00:01:54||MS. MOORE'S AMENDMENT ESSENTIALLY DOES NO MORE THAN INCORPORATE THE SENATE BILL WHICH IS TAILOR-MADE FOR CONSIDERATION BECAUSE IN CHEEPING WITH THE WAY IN WHICH THE REDUCTIONS ARE TAKING PLACE, IT IS A 20%, VERY PAINFUL, BUT 20% REDUCTION IN THE NEW ACT, EVEN THOUGH THE -- ANY AUTHORIZATION YOU WOULD EXPECT TO INCREASE.|
|00:02:19||AND YET EVEN WITH THAT REDUCTION WE CANNOT GET THAT BILL ON THIS FLOOR.|
|00:02:25||SO WE MUST DO WHAT WE ARE DOING THIS AFTERNOON.|
|00:02:28||AND YOU WANT TO TALK WORTH THE MONEY?|
|00:02:33||THERE ARE VERY FEW BILLS WE CAN SHOW THE KINDS OF CAUSE EFFECTS WE CAN SHOW HERE.|
|00:02:38||50% DROP ANNUALLY IN DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, AND THE REASON FOR THAT IS IT'S BEEN OVER A 50% INCREASE IN REPORTING.|
|00:02:48||WOMEN ARE NOT AFRAID TO COME OUT BECAUSE THEY KNOW IF THEY REPORT IT, GO TO MY POLICE STATION, THE POLICE WILL TELL YOU WHERE THERE IS A SAFE HOUSE.|
|00:03:00||DON'T LEAVE WOMEN OUT ON THE STREETS.|
|00:03:03||DON'T LEAVE THEIR CHILDREN WITH NO PLACE TO GO.|
|00:03:07||LET US, VOTE NO IN ORDER TO RECEIVE THIS ACT NOW WHICH I THINK WOULD RECEIVE BIPARTISAN SUPPORT IF IT WERE HEARD THIS AFTERNOON.|
|00:03:16||THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.|
|00:03:19||THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA.|
|00:03:20||MR. WOODALL: I RESERVE.|
|00:03:21||THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES.|
Ms. NORTON. I want to thank the gentlelady from New York for the consistent leadership she has given to this important legislation since it was passed. It took us a number of years to get it passed in the first place, and it's never been off her radar screen.
I especially want to thank my good friend from Wisconsin, who has come forward in a very compelling way to ask that we vote ``no'' on the previous question so that we can consider the Violence Against Women Act, which may well expire, making it--I fear--a real target for the Appropriations Committee because the law will not have been reauthorized.
Mr. Speaker, I visited a safe house last week in my district because I wanted to hear why a woman would make the decision to stay at home with an abuser rather than leave. I'm not sure I understood in my heart why she would assume the risk rather than leave. I'm glad I went. There were eight women there, different ages. Some had children. For the first time, when I heard the stories of these women, I understood in the most poignant and practical way what a ``hotline'' actually means, what a ``rape crisis center'' means. After that experience, the notion that when this legislation expires, the Appropriations Committee would have before it unauthorized appropriations, which become a target in and of itself, was just too much to bear. Yet the reauthorization bill has gone nowhere here. At least in the other body, the bill has been passed out of committee. It is a bipartisan bill, with several Republicans as well as Democrats on it.
Ms. Moore's amendment essentially does no more than incorporate the Senate bill, which is tailor-made for our consideration, because in keeping with the way in which reductions are taking place--20 percent is very painful--but there is a 20 percent reduction in the reauthorized act, even though with any reauthorization you would expect an increase. Yet even with that reduction, we cannot get the bill on this floor. So we must do what we're doing this afternoon.
If you want to talk about a bill that is worth the money, there are very few bills where we can show the kind of cause-and-effect that we can show here. There has been a 50 percent drop annually in domestic violence. And the reason for that is there's been over a 50 percent increase in reporting. Women are not afraid to come out because they know that if they report it, go to the police station, the police will tell them where there is a safe house.
Don't leave women out on the streets. Don't leave their children with no place to go. Vote ``no'' on the previous question in order to allow the House to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act, which I think would receive bipartisan support if it were heard this afternoon.