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Latest Taxpayer's Tab: VAWA, MCAP, and NASA
February 8, 2013
In this week's edition of the Taxpayer's Tab, NTUF takes a look at a fresh group of bills from the 113th Congress, including this week's most-friended bill, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013.
Introduced in the House as H.R. 11 by Congresswoman Gwen Moore (D-WI) and as S. 47 by Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), the bill is a continuation of last Session's efforts to reauthorize the 1994 Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). The 112th Congress managed to pass seperate reauthorization bills out of each chamber, but couldn't agree on a compromise package in time. Congresswoman Moore and Senator Leahy have included the bulk of those bills in H.R. 11 and S. 47, including provisions that would fund education, medical services, and recovery programs for female victims of violent crimes as well as medical professionals. In addition, the new bills include directives to address the backlog of forensic evidence reviews related to crimes such as rape and domestic abuse.
NTUF used information from the Congressional Budget Office and the federal budget to estimate a $121 million annual cost for each of these bills, or $607 million over five years.
Other legislation highlighted this week:
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