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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.

The bill’s titles are written by its sponsor.

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: Mar 17, 2021
Length: 312 pages
Mar 8, 2021
117th Congress (2021–2023)

Passed House (Senate next) on Mar 17, 2021

This bill passed in the House on March 17, 2021 and goes to the Senate next for consideration.


186 Cosponsors (184 Democrats, 2 Republicans)

80% 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

Cicilline Remarks on Violence Against Women Act
    — Rep. David Cicilline [D-RI1] (Co-sponsor) on Mar 17, 2021

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

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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Mar 8, 2021

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Mar 9, 2021
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Mar 17, 2021
Passed House (Senate next)

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

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