On February 19, 2011, the U.S. House of Representatives passed on a party-line vote (235-189) HR 1, the Continuing Resolution, which provides funding for the current fiscal year 2011 (FY11). Rita Smith, Executive Director of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, issued the following statement:
"On behalf of the one in four women victims of domestic violence and the 2,000 programs we represent throughout the U.S. and its territories, the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence is greatly disappointed with the House of Representatives for passing a Continuing Resolution that shortchanges victim services. Domestic violence and sexual assault victims rely heavily on coordinated social service programs such as specialized law enforcement personnel, nutritional assistance for women and children, gender equity in education and job training. HR 1 drastically reduces spending in FY11 for these invaluable programs and sets an unwarranted precedent for FY12."