For Immediate Release
EMILY’s List Commends Pro-Choice Democratic Women in Congress For Their Commitment to Swift Reauthorization Of The Violence Against Women Act: House Bill Introduced By Representative Gwen Moore
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, pro-choice Democratic women in Congress reaffirmed their support for swift reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act. The House bill was introduced yesterday by Representative Gwen Moore.
"November was a mandate for women's leadership as voters across the country elected a record number of Democratic women to Congress. Today, we get to see why that matters so much,” said Stephanie Schriock, President of EMILY’s List. “The Violence Against Women Act never should have been allowed to expire - but Republicans were more concerned about scoring political points than protecting American women. Today, Democratic women are leading the way to once again make the Violence Against Women Act law - and the EMILY's List community couldn't be more proud of Nancy Pelosi, Louise Slaughter, and Gwen Moore. We're already looking ahead to the 2014 elections, and we're excited about the chance to send these fantastic Democratic congresswomen even more reinforcements. Shockingly not a single House Republican has co-sponsored this critical piece of legislation thus far. Voters are going to be watching it progress, and they will absolutely look at how their own representatives voted on this basic issue of women's safety."
During the 2011- 2012 election cycle, EMILY’s List helped elect an historic number of candidates – the only pro-choice Democratic woman governor in the country, 19 new women to the House, six Senate incumbents, and three new Senators – all the first women to represent their states in the Senate. And this cycle, women we’ve helped elect include the first Hindu and first female combat veterans to serve in the House, the first openly gay Senator, and the first Asian American woman to serve in the Senate. With a community that has quintupled since 2010 – now more than two million members strong – EMILY's List is one of the largest political action committees in the nation. Since its founding in 1985, EMILY's List has worked to elect 100 pro-choice Democratic women to the House, 19 to the Senate, 10 governors, and over five hundred women to state and local office. In the 2011-2012 cycle, EMILY's List had the largest number of members and donors in our 28 year history, and raised a record-breaking $52 million dollars.