Ringo: 19th Anniversary of Violence against Women Act

Today marks the 19th anniversary of the date that the Violence Against Women Act was signed into law. State Rep. Shirley Ringo of Moscow, who is running for Congress, would have voted to protect women when the act was up for re-authorization this year (unlike her opponent U.S. Rep. Labrador and his peer U.S. Senator Risch):

Idahoans, especially vulnerable families, need a Congresswoman who will vote for them, not against them,” said Idaho State Rep. Shirley Ringo, D-Moscow, who is running to represent Idaho’s 1st Congressional District.

Following is a press release from the Idaho Democratic Party:

Idaho Democratic Party
For Immediate Release
Date: Sept 13, 2013

Violence Against Women Act: Hold Idaho GOP Responsible

U.S. Sen. Risch and U.S. Rep. Labrador voted against legislation to protect women

Boise, Idaho—The Violence Against Women Act became law in 1994 with strong bipartisan support. The law enjoyed that same level of support when reauthorized in 2000 and 2005. However, many GOP leaders, such as Idaho’s U.S. Senator James Risch and U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador, have stopped making the protection women a priority.

“Idahoans, especially vulnerable families, need a Congresswoman who will vote for them, not against them,” said Idaho State Rep. Shirley Ringo, D-Moscow, who is running to represent Idaho’s 1st Congressional District.

Since its passage, VAWA has improved the criminal justice response to violence against women and ensured that victims and their families can access necessary services. There have also been fewer instances of domestic violence.

Idaho Democrats believe that leaders should work to stop violence against all Americans. This year, Democrats unanimously reauthorized VAWA and the president signed it into law, despite work to kill the reauthorization by Republicans like Labrador and Risch.

Both Senator Risch and Rep. Labrador will seek re-election in 2014. Ringo is running against Labrador. Though no candidate has yet declared a run for the U.S. Senate seat, Risch can expect an opponent. Idahoans will remember votes like this one as they decide whether these GOP elected officials are looking out for the interests of Idaho’s families.

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