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February 10, 2009

The Senate version includes $300 million for the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), specifically for Services, Training, Officers, and Prosecutors (STOP) state formula grants; out of which, $50 million will be allocated to the VAWA Transitional Housing program; and $100 million for the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA).

All Democratic Senators along with three Republican Senators: Susan Collins (ME), Olympia Snowe (ME) and Arlen Specter (PA) voted in favor of the bill. We encourage you to call your Senators and thank them for their vote in favor of the Economic Recovery bill.

Next Steps

The Senate-House will form a conference committee to reconcile the differences in the bill. Stay tuned for updates, including an action alert with talking points. While we have overcome a major obstacle in the Senate, we will still need your support during the Conference Committee process, when the House conferees scrutinize the bill. Stay tuned for updates and an action alert with talking points.

Once again, thank you for mobilizing to create/protect jobs for victims advocates. This would not have been accomplished without you!