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Swalwell Sponsors Reauthorization of Violence Against Women Act

The congressman for the 15th Congressional District says the legislation should be considered as soon as possible.

Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Dublin) sponsored the Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization Act and called for swift action on the legislation Wednesday.

The act was originally passed in 1994 and expired in 2011. It funds a number of programs, including victim assistance services, enforcement of protection and transitional housing aid for victims.

Last year, the act passed in the Senate but was never brought to a vote in the House. Republicans, which passed their own version of the bill in House, objected to the increased protections for American Indians, gays and immigrants, The Washington Post reports.

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi told The Post that 158 Democratic Congressman have co-sponsored the bill.

“I worked as a prosecutor for seven years and I saw the horrible violence women are subjected to on a daily basis in this country," said Swalwell, who worked in the Alameda County District Attorney's Office. "It’s unconscionable that women are still victimized like this in our civilized society."

Swalwell added that the act has made great strides in protecting women and that it "is of paramount importance and we should pass this bill without delay.”

Also this week, Swalwell was named as a ranking member on the Energy Subcommittee.

“The East Bay is a center of energy research and technological innovation. In particular, the Livermore and Sandia National Labs located in my congressional district are doing innovative work and world-class science to develop new, clean energy sources," Swalwell said. "Serving as the ranking member on the Energy Subcommittee, which has jurisdiction over these issues of energy research and development, is a tremendous opportunity."

Do you support the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act? Let us know why or why not in the comments section.

Rich Buckley January 25, 2013 at 06:41 PM
Born and raised locally, still living here, upwind from most reactor cores. This will be the first time I've knowingly resided this close to Hiroshima size or better critical mass tune-ups (or is it toon-ups). I was trained to drop them on our enemies with great finesse, but it never occurred to me they would carry these old bomb cores back to my home town. So this is what it means to have super computing power that alleviates underground testing. We just bring the safe and really hard to mess with bomb cores to town and look them over here. What could possibly go wrong with this much safety awareness and training? I'm obviously not smart enough to appreciate the brilliance of this concept. I try so hard but I just don't get it. http://tinyurl.com/a89tw2h Has anyone ever tried to commit suicide at the lab? I'm sure I worry needlessly. (repost from accidental removal)
Rich Buckley January 25, 2013 at 06:45 PM
According to Steve, there will be no bomb cores brought to Livermore: "Rich - There are no 'bomb cores' at the lab. They are at Los Alamos and Pantex Plant in Texas."
Rich Buckley February 02, 2013 at 05:31 PM
Letter to My Old Squadron Buddies -- "The Next Big False Flag Set-up" http://tinyurl.com/a3snstz
Ann Richardson February 21, 2013 at 07:37 PM
Altogether a MUCH more effective beginning than the guy from whom he won his seat. I would like to see Mr. Swalwell tackle at least SOME aspect of high-intensity factory farming, govt. subsidies that support it, and work to get some subsidies for sustainable farming and livestock production.
Ann February 21, 2013 at 07:38 PM
Altogether a MUCH more effective beginning than the guy from whom he won his seat. I would like to see Mr. Swalwell tackle at least SOME aspect of high-intensity factory farming, govt. subsidies that support it, and work to get some subsidies for sustainable farming and livestock production.

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