“Madam Speaker, I thank the gentlelady and congratulate her on her leadership on this issue.
"As Chairwoman of our Conference and a strong advocate for families, women and children, I salute her in her efforts to improve the ability for individuals and women who are subject to domestic abuse to get the relief that they need.
“In that spirit, I come to the floor in support of the substitute and the amendment that we are offering today.
“Today, a mother and her daughter will go to a shelter seeking safe harbor because they are scared. Another young woman will walk into a hospital emergency room seeking treatment from sexual assault.
“In some cases, women will wait to report such violent crimes because they don’t feel there is a support system in place to help them.
“Our goal in strengthening the Violence Against Women Act is simple – we want to help all women who are faced with violent, abusive and dangerous situations.
“We want to make sure all women are safe and have access to the resources they need to protect themselves, their children and their families. We want them to know that somebody is there and willing to help.
“And we want them to know that those who commit these horrendous crimes will be punished and not let go.
“That’s why we feel so strongly about providing the proper support system and needed relief to thousands of victims and survivors so that they can get on with their lives.
“For the past several months, we have worked hard in this House to build consensus and to put together the strongest bill possible to improve on that which came from the Senate.
“Today, I encourage my colleagues to support the House amendment to the Violence Against Women Act, in order to end violence against all people, against all women, and prosecute offenders to the fullest extent of the law.”