From Daniel Manzano, NMCADV Policy Director:
I know there is a lot of different information out there in regards to the re-authorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), so I wanted to give you a quick update on what’s happening.
It has been over two years since VAWA expired. Just because it has expired, does not mean it goes away. VAWA has continued to be recognized and funded by the Federal Government. Since there hasn’t been a federal budget passed since 2009, VAWA continues to receive its funding as a result of the Federal Government’s continuing resolutions.
The 112th Congress expired and the 113th Congress was sworn in on January 3rd. This means all bills that did not go through the entire legislative process is labeled “Dead”. The end of the 112th Congress is exactly the same as at the end of our state Legislative session. If your bill wasn’t passed at the end of the 60 day session, it is dead, and you have to try again at the next session. So even though the latest re-authorization bill is dead, VAWA will continue to be recognized in its 2005 version (which is better than what the House passed this year). The good news is their new session starts immediately. So don’t let the language of “VAWA’s re-authorization death” scare you too much. The hope is that the new 113th will introduce new legislation soon and get it to the President’s desk for signature.
If you would like more specifics please do not hesitate to contact me at 505-553-5521.