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12/19/2005 - House, Senate Pass Violence Against Women Act
The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) was passed by both houses Saturday, authorizing almost $4 billion over the next five years, and now awaits the President's signature....

10/6/2005 - VAWA Passes in Senate
The Senate unanimously voted on Tuesday in favor of the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)....

10/3/2005 - VAWA Expired Due to Lack of Senate Vote
Despite the passage of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) as part of the Department of Justice Reauthorization in the House of Representatives, the Senate failed to vote on the measure (S 1197) on Friday....

9/30/2005 - Violence Against Women Act Reauthorized; Cuts Made to Minority Programs
The House of Representatives on Wednesday passed legislation reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act programs through fiscal year 2009....

9/28/2005 - House to Vote on Damaging VAWA Amendment Today
The Department of Justice reauthorization bill (HR 3402), which includes the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), will be voted on by the House of Representatives today....

9/8/2005 - Violence Against Women Act Passes Senate Judiciary Committee With Amendment
The Senate Judiciary Committee held a mark-up of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) reauthorization today....

6/28/2005 - Supreme Court Decision Weakening Restraining Orders Short-Shrifted in the News
In its last day before summer recess, the Supreme Court issued decisions on six cases, only two of which, the decisions to outlaw copies of the Ten Commandments at a Kentucky courthouse and to protect copyrighted material in Internet file sharing, were widely covered by the media....

6/14/2005 - Violence Against Women Act 2005 Introduced for Reauthorization
The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), first passed by Congress in 1994, was introduced in the Senate for reauthorization this past week....

10/5/2004 - State Department Funds Anti-Women's Rights Group To Train Iraqi Women
Secretary of State Colin Powell announced that the Independent Womens Forum (IWF), was one of the recipients awarded part of a $10 million grant to train Iraqi women in the skills of democratic public life....

11/13/2003 - House Passes DNA Testing Legislation
The US House of Representatives on Wednesday passed the Advancing Justice Through DNA Technology Act (HR 3214), authorizing over $1 billion to facilitating the testing and processing of DNA kits in criminal cases....

7/9/2003 - Senate Committee to Vote on Pryor Tomorrow
The Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to vote tomorrow morning on the nomination of far-right extremist William Pryor to the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals....

6/18/2003 - Senate Cmte. May Vote Tomorrow on Pryor
The Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to vote tomorrow on President Bush's nomination of Alabama Attorney General Bill Pryor to the US Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit....

6/11/2003 - Senate Committee Holds Hearing for Right-Wing Judicial Nominee
The Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing today on President Bush's nomination of Alabama Attorney General Bill Pryor to the US Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit....

4/9/2003 - Violence Against Women Office Made Freestanding
The Bush Administration has backtracked on its plan to weaken the Violence Against Women Office (VAWO) in an important victory for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault....

1/29/2003 - Federal Appellate Court Nominees: Hearings Today, Vote Tomorrow
In an apparent effort to push the Presidents federal judicial court nominees towards confirmation, the Republican-led Senate Judiciary Committee today held hearings on three of the most reactionary of Bushs Appellate Court nominees....

9/25/2002 - California Becomes First State To Enact Civil Remedy For Victims Of Domestic Violence
California is leading the nation for women once again....

9/5/2002 - Ashcroft Appoints VAWA Opponent to Violence Against Women Committee
Attorney General John Ashcroft appointed Nancy Pfotenhauer, president and CEO of the notoriously conservative International Womens Forum (IWF), to the National Advisory Committee on Violence Against Women....

8/22/2002 - CA Legislature Passes Womens, Gay Rights Bills
In another landmark vote for Californias legislature, the state Senate passed a bill yesterday that will allow women and men who are victims of gender-based crimes such as domestic violence and sexual assault to bring civil action against their attackers for actual, compensatory, and punitive damages, attorneys fees, and costs, according to the author of the bill, Assemblymember Hannah-Beth Jackson (D)....

5/24/2002 - Judiciary Committee Approves Anti-Womens Rights Nominee
In a 12-7 vote, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved the nomination of Judge D....

10/12/2000 - FEMINIST VICTORY: VAWA PASSES UNANIMOUSLY
After months of Republican stalling, the Senate unanimously voted yesterday to pass the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act, an anti-crime bill that includes the Sex Trafficking Victims Protection Act and the Violence Against Women Act(VAWA)....

10/11/2000 - VAWA and Trafficking Votes Expected Today
The Senate is finally debating today, as we file this report, the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act, which includes the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and the Sex Trafficking Victims Protection Act, as well as other anti-crime provisions....

10/6/2000 - Conference Committee Votes to Reauthorize VAWA
The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), along with the Sex Trafficking Victims Protection Act, passed a joint House-Senate conference committee by a vote of 356-28....

10/5/2000 - Women Senators Demand Reauthorization of VAWA
The reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) will keep thousands of domestic violence shelters and violence prevention programs up and running, as well as a national domestic violence hotline that answers 142,000 calls per year....

9/27/2000 - Feminist Leaders Demand Lott Schedules VAWA Vote
Feminist leaders, including Patricia Ireland, President of NOW; Eleanor Smeal, President of the Feminist Majority; and Gail Shaffer, executive director of BPW and leading members of Congress including Representatives John Conyers (D-MI), Connie Morella, Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-TX), and Senstors Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Joseph Biden (D-DE), and Paul Wellstone (D-MN) held a press conference today urging a clean vote on the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) as a stand-alone bill....

9/26/2000 - Violence Against Women Act Passes House
The House of Representatives passed an act reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act by an almost unanimous vote of 415Y to 3N....