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H.R. 4970 (112th): Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2012

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To reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act of 1994.

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The federal budget process occurs in two stages: appropriations, which set overall spending limits by agency or program, and authorizations, which direct how federal funds should (or should not) be used. Appropriation and authorization provisions are typically made for single fiscal years. A reauthorization bill like this one renews the authorizations of an expiring law.

Sponsor and status

Sandy Adams

Sponsor. Representative for Florida's 24th congressional district. Republican.

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Last Updated: May 21, 2012
Length: 192 pages
Apr 27, 2012
112th Congress (2011–2013)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced in a previous session of Congress and was passed by the House on May 16, 2012 but was never passed by the Senate.

Although this bill was not enacted, its provisions could have become law by being included in another bill. It is common for legislative text to be introduced concurrently in multiple bills (called companion bills), re-introduced in subsequent sessions of Congress in new bills, or added to larger bills (sometimes called omnibus bills).


40 Cosponsors (40 Republicans)


Position statements

What legislators are saying

Leahy: House Should Support Senate Bipartisan Bill To Support ALL Victims Of Violence
    — Sen. Patrick Leahy [D-VT] on May 16, 2012

senator Cardin, prince georges county sheriff high, states attorney alsobrooks lead call to pass reauthorization of the violence against women act
    — Sen. Benjamin Cardin [D-MD] on May 31, 2012

Congresswoman Waters Recognizes Domestic Violence Awareness Month
    — Rep. Maxine Waters [D-CA43] on Oct 26, 2012

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Apr 27, 2012

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May 8, 2012
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May 16, 2012
Passed House (Senate next)

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H.R. 4970 (112th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 4970. This is the one from the 112th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 112th Congress, which met from Jan 5, 2011 to Jan 3, 2013. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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