Congressman Sanford Bishop

Representing the 2nd District of Georgia


May 16, 2012
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) released the following statement today after the U.S. House of Representatives’ vote on H.R. 4970, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act (VAWA).  The legislation was approved by the House by a vote of 222 to 205.  Representative Bishop opposed the measure.

“Since 1994, the Violence Against Women Act has been a vital and successful tool in combating domestic violence at the federal, state, and local levels,” said Bishop.  “However, the reauthorization measure passed by the House today would weaken this important law and make it more difficult for women, children, and families to seek protection from abusive relationships. The bill imposes excessive and burdensome audit requirements on VAWA grant recipients, erodes significant safety provisions for immigrant and American Indian women, and fails to ensure that all victims of sexual violence are protected under the law. This misguided legislation will make domestic violence victims less safe and needs to be rewritten to strengthen the underlying Violence Against Women Act.”