Congressman Jim Cooper

Representing the 5th District of Tennessee
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Cooper Celebrates 20th Anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act

Sep 12, 2014
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Tomorrow, U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper (TN-5) will celebrate two decades since the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) became law on Sept. 13, 1994.

VAWA significantly strengthens the ability of the federal government, states, law enforcement and service providers to combat domestic violence and sexual assault.

“I’m a husband and father; I’m sickened that sexual assault and domestic violence exist in 2014,” Rep. Cooper said. “As the NFL has shown, so much work remains. We are failing, and we simply must do better.”

In 2012, the Senate passed a VAWA reauthorization bill by a bipartisan vote of 68 to 31. But House Republicans blocked it because it granted protections to immigrant women, LGBT Americans and Native Americans.

The Senate passed its strong bipartisan bill again last year. Rep. Cooper co-sponsored VAWA and proudly voted for it when House Republican leadership finally allowed it to pass and be signed by President Obama.

Rep. Cooper will continue to work to champion and strengthen this vital, life-saving law.