The Violence Against Women Act was extended through Feb. 15 as part of the continuing resolution Friday that reopened the government.
VAWA was enacted after Anita Hill’s testimony against Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas over alleged sexual harassment and the 1992 “Year of the Woman,” which brought a record number of women to the House and Senate. It lapsed less than three months after Christine Blasey Ford testified that then-Supreme Court nominee Brett M. Kavanaugh had sexually assaulted her when the two were in high school and after another election brought a wave of new female lawmakers to Capitol Hill.
Thomas and Kavanaugh denied the women’s allegations, and both now serve on the Supreme Court.
Democrats have vowed to fight for a long-term reauthorization of the law during this Congress. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) stated last week that he would work with Reps. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) and Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) to finish the task.
Liberal advocacy groups withdrew support for Jackson Lee as the effort’s leader because of a new lawsuit that claims she fired an aide who planned to sue a nonprofit Jackson Lee ran over an alleged sexual assault.
Jackson Lee has denied through her office that she retaliated against the woman.