For Immediate Release
EMILY’s List Applauds Leader Pelosi, Representatives Slaughter, Moore, Kirkpatrick for Standing Up for The Violence Against Women Act : House GOP Yet To Take Action
WASHINGTON, D.C. – EMILY’s List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, applauds pro-choice Democratic women for their unwavering support of the Violence Against Women Act, and issued a warning to House Republicans for their continued inaction.
“Today Leader Pelosi, along with Representatives Louise Slaughter, Gwen Moore, and Ann Kirkpatrick, stood up and reaffirmed their unwavering support for the Violence Against Women Act,” said Stephanie Schriock, President of EMILY’s List. “These incredible pro-choice Democratic women are fighting every day against Republicans who have made themselves a national embarrassment with their inaction on this issue. Domestic violence affects millions of women and families across the country, and VAWA is essential to helping them get away from their abuser, and get back on their feet. Thousands of victims across the country are unable to access critical services each day because of a lack of funding, a number that multiplies every day bill is held up in the House.
“It’s unacceptable that not a single Republican has cosponsored this legislation. And during the next election, women voters are going to remember their backward voting record, and replace them with pro-choice Democratic women who prioritize the health, safety, and economic security of American families.”
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.