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March 20, 2012

Heller Cosponsors Violence Against Women Act

Heller becomes 60th Senator to Cosponsor the Bill

(Washington, D.C.) – Today U.S. Senator Dean Heller (R-NV) announced his support for the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (S. 1925) by cosponsoring the legislation. 

“Nevada’s struggling economy has limited state resources to help those who are affected by domestic violence.  This measure will provide greater certainty for organizations that work hard every day to prevent and address domestic violence.  Moreover, this legislation also repeals duplicative provisions creating a more efficient and effective program.  While not perfect, I am pleased the Senate is proceeding with this bill and trust it will further the important goal of reducing violence in all its forms. 

“This is the type of legislation that should be brought to the floor in a bipartisan manner, not used as a political wedge.  The fact that some in Congress are more interested in playing games than solving problems goes to the heart of what is wrong with Washington.  Let’s start solving our nation’s most pressing issues and pass this important legislation immediately,” said Senator Dean Heller.  

The Violence Against Women Act (S. 1925) includes reauthorization of programs vital to the National Council of Family and Juvenile Court Judges (NCJFCJ), located in Reno.  The NCJFCJ provides training nationwide to ensure the justice system is equipped to appropriately assist families and young people who face significant hardships.