Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Senator Michael Crapo (R-ID) introduced bill S. 47, a strong, bipartisan bill reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act. This bill closely mirrors the bipartisan legislation introduced by Senators Leahy and Crapo last Congress and would improve VAWA programs and strengthen protections for all victims of violence. In addition to many important improvements throughout the bill that received bipartisan support last year, this bill also contains enhanced protections for tribal, LGBT and immigrant victims, which were identified as critical priorities by advocates across the country and also received bipartisan support last year. Please contact your Senators by January 30 and ask them to co-sponsor bill S. 47.
Call the Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and ask the operator to connect you to your Senators. If you don't know who your Senators are, you can look them up at http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm . Tell the person who answers the phone:
1) I am a constituent from (city and state) and my name is _________.
2) I urge Senator____ to co-sponsor the S. 47, a strong, bipartisan bill that would reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act.
3) Thank you and I look forward to hearing that the Senator is a co-sponsor of this important bill.
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