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NEW: Sen. Cowan Applauds Bill to Prevent Violence Against Women

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

 

Recently-appointed Massachusetts Senator William "Mo" Cowan voted on Tuesday to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act, which will help prevent violent crimes against women.

Cowan was one of the 60 senators who came together to co-sponsor the bipartisan measure, which passed the Senate by a vote of 78-22.

“I applaud the passage of this important legislation. It can make all the difference in the world when it comes to preventing another woman from being the victim of domestic abuse, rape, or some other violent activity, before it’s too late," Cowan said in a statement.

"By reauthorizing this bill, we’re ensuring that state and local investigations and prosecutions of violent crimes against women aren’t wanting for adequate resources, and that programs assisting survivors are further strengthened and improved. I’m grateful to my colleagues for coming together to make this happen. I’m extremely proud that I was able to cast my first votes in the Senate in favor of a bill that means so much to all women and their families across Massachusetts and the entire country.”

Cowan co-sponsored the legislation on the same day he was sworn into office and the final bill, along with its amendments, were his first votes as a member of the U.S. Senate.

"This important step shows what we can do when we come together across party lines to take up a just cause. The bill passed by the Senate will help reduce homicides that occur from domestic violence, improve the criminal justice response to rape and sexual assault, address the high rates of dating violence experienced by young women, and provide justice to the most vulnerable among us," said President Obama in a statement.

"I want to thank Senator Leahy and his colleagues from both sides of the aisle for the leadership they have shown on behalf of victims of abuse. It's now time for the House to follow suit and send this bill to my desk so that I can sign it into law." 

 

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