National Federation of Republican Women
Members to Show Support for Violence Against Women Act
Calls on Democrats to Stop Exploiting Women for
ALEXANDRIA, Va. – The National Federation of Republican
Women (NFRW) is mobilizing its 75,000 members across the nation to
take action in showing support for Republican lawmakers' efforts
to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act, as well as to
refute lies being perpetuated by Democrats regarding Republican
support for this legislation.
Passed in 1994 with bipartisan support, the Violence Against Women
Act provides funding to fight domestic violence and sexual
assault, and increases criminal penalties against perpetrators of
these crimes. Congress reauthorized the bill in 2000 and 2005,
both times with unanimous, bipartisan Senate support.
But unfortunately in this divisive election year, instead of
quietly reauthorizing the bill as in years past, Democrats are
attempting to ram through unreasonable expansions to the
legislation that, among other things, will add to the deficit,
which is already dangerously out of control. And, because
Republicans do not support this expansion, Democrats are
deceitfully spreading the falsehood that Republicans do not
support reauthorization of the bill.
"We are not going to sit back and let Democrats spread an
out-and-out lie that Republicans do not support the Violence
Against Women Act," NFRW President Rae Lynne Chornenky says. "Republicans absolutely
support reauthorization, and are, in good faith, working toward
"The truth is, Democrats are using this legislation to create a
wedge issue in this highly-charged election year. Democrat
lawmakers seem less concerned with protecting our nation's women
than with scoring political points that will help keep them in
power come November. It is revolting that women -- especially
those who are victims of domestic violence -- are being exploited
for political gain, and it must stop."
Domestic violence is a serious problem in our nation. Several
of the NFRW's 75,000 members bare the figurative and literal scars
of domestic violence, including Republican Congresswoman Sandy
Adams, who has taken a lead role in ensuring that the bill is
successfully reauthorized before it expires in September.
The NFRW has asked its members to contact the White House and
Democrat elected officials to urge them to stop the outrageous,
irresponsible rhetoric and political scheming, and to instead
focus on developing a workable solution to reauthorization.
Founded in 1938, the NFRW has thousands of
active members in local clubs across the nation and in several
U.S. territories, making it one of the largest women’s political
organizations in the country. The grassroots organization works
to promote the principles and objectives of the Republican
Party, elect Republican candidates, inform the public through
political education and activity, and increase the effectiveness
of women in the cause of good government.
For more information about the
- 30 -