Posted at: 01/23/2013 2:41 AM
Updated at: 01/23/2013 10:33 PM
House and Senate Democrats are trying again to renew a federal program protecting women against domestic violence.
Congresswoman Louise Slaughter, one of the original authors of the act, stood with other female representatives on Wednesday to announce the re-authorization of the Violence Against Women Act.
The Violence Against Women Act, which first became law in 1994, was held up in the last session of Congress when both the House and Senate failed to reach a compromise. Congresswoman Slaughter urged lawmakers not to wait any longer to reinstate the bill.
“We must not wait. It should never have come to this point. ever. If we have to put it on suspension, whatever we have to do, people are waiting out there for us to continue what we've done since 1994, until we don't see this anymore,” she said.
Democrats have agreed to remove a provision that sparked Republican opposition last year. The provision would have increased visas for immigrants who are the victims of domestic violence.
The Violence Against Women Act was extended twice, once in 2000 and again in 2005.