Hickenlooper makes plea to preserve domestic-violence funding
Author: Joey Bunch - August 13, 2018 - Updated: August 14, 2018
Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper is again making his views known to Washington, this time about domestic violence.
Hickenlooper has the White House on his mind these days as he considers whether to seek the Democratic nomination for president in 2020.
Congress left for its August recess without reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). Congress reconvenes on Sept. 4, but the act must be reauthorized in the remaining 11 legislative days before VAWA expires on Sept. 30.
The measure could erupt in election-year politics. The bill is co-sponsored in the House by 104 Democrats and no Republicans. When he was a senator in 2013, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions opposed the bill, and it would be his Department of Justice tasked with carrying out the program, if Democrats can reauthorize it.
In a letter addressed to congressional leaders Monday, Hickenlooper urged reauthorization the act that first passed in 1994 and was last reauthorized in 2013. Its grant programs help victims and to bring abusers to justice, the governor’s office said.
Colorado received more than $2.1 million from the program this year alone, including training for nurses, law enforcement and prosecutors, as well as direct victims services.
“The safety of our communities requires continued investment to protect those who may fall victim to sexual and intimate partner violence,” Hickenlooper’s letter states. “We ask that you to work across the aisle to reauthorize this law in order to protect millions of women and their families in Colorado and throughout the country.”
You can read the full letter by clicking here.
Last month he urged the White House to scuttle a plan to more closely regulate women’s health services to make sure federal money isn’t supporting abortion services.