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."
"We recognize the fiscal challenges facing our country. But for lawmakers to whittle away at lifesaving social service programs as though they were untamed brush is reckless endangerment. The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence stands ready to work with Congress throughout the appropriations process. We seek the passage of cost-efficient spending measures that invest in victim services, promote self-sufficiency and aim to eradicate gender-based violence at its root. We applaud President Obama for his commitment to victim services by providing $175 million in increases in his FY12 budget proposal. We urge the Senate to follow his lead and not to shortchange victim services."
For more information regarding programs cut in HR 1, courtesy of the National Women's Law Center, click here.
To view highlights of the President's FY12 budget targeting women and children's programs, courtesy of Women's Policy Inc., click here.