Reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act is obviously very important to Rep. Katie Porter (D-Irvine).
Be ready to tear up as she tears up recounting her polar-opposite encounters with police called to her home because of domestic disturbances.
The Violence Against Women’s Act, which President Clinton signed into law in 1994, set aside federal funds to help investigate and prosecute violent crimes against women. The Supreme Court in 2000 struck down a provision in the law allowing women to sue their attackers in federal court, and reauthorization of the act in 2013 extended protections to same-sex couples and undocumented immigrants.
The latest reauthorization expired on Feb. 15, but House Speaker Nancy Pelosi claims there is bipartisan support to reauthorize the law again.
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