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H.R. 1620: Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization Act of 2021

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To reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act of 1994, and for other purposes.

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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

Sheila Jackson Lee

Sponsor. Representative for Texas's 18th congressional district. Democrat.

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Last Updated: May 24, 2022
Length: 311 pages
Mar 8, 2021
117th Congress (2021–2023)

Parts Incorporated Into Other Measures

This bill passed in the House on March 17, 2021 and goes to the Senate next for consideration. Provisions of this bill were incorporated into other bills.

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H.R. 2471: Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2022
Enacted — Signed by the President on Mar 15, 2022. (compare text)

186 Cosponsors (184 Democrats, 2 Republicans)

3% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)

Position statements

Statement of Administration Policy

President Joseph Biden [D]: H.R. 1620 – Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2021 (Mar 17, 2021)

What legislators are saying

Weekly Update: Combatting Anti-Asian Racism, One Step Closer to the ERA, Immigration Reform
    — Rep. Carolyn Maloney [D-NY12] (Co-sponsor) on Mar 19, 2021

Meng Secures Provisions in Violence Against Women Act; Bill Passes the House
    — Rep. Grace Meng [D-NY6] (Co-sponsor) on Apr 7, 2021

LaMalfa Says Violence Against Women Bill Should Be Focused on Helping Women, Not Placing Them At Risk
    — Rep. Doug LaMalfa [R-CA1] on Mar 18, 2021

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What stakeholders are saying

R Street Institute estimates H.R. 1620 will add $5 billion in new spending through 2031.


Mar 8, 2021

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Mar 9, 2021
Text Published

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Mar 17, 2021
Passed House (Senate next)

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Oct 5, 2021
Considered by Senate Committee on the Judiciary

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Signed by the President

H.R. 1620 is a bill in the United States Congress.

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