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September 26, 2000
Congress and the Administration have the opportunity to build on the strong record made possible by the original VAWA of helping States, tribes, and communities to prevent and fight violence against women and to improve community responses to domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking. The Administration is deeply committed to continuing the progress that has been made under VAWA. The Administration would like to work with Congress to address issues such as providing protections to battered immigrant women and reauthorizing the Violent Crime Reduction Trust Fund. The Administration is pleased that the House has decided to consider this important bill and urges the Senate to immediately pass its version of VAWA, S. 2787. The two versions must be quickly reconciled to ensure that VAWA authorization does not lapse on September 30th.