Momentum is building to win House approval for reauthorization of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act. Our Capitol Hill advocates expect that today will be critical.
They need your help. The Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPRA) has been combined with the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). The combined law has already been passed by the Senate, and President Obama has indicated he will sign it.
The last step is the House. There is a “substitute amendment” that will come up for a vote first. The anti-slavery movement wants the House to vote NO.
Then, the Senate-passed version of the combined bill will come to a vote. The anti-slavery movement wants the House to vote YES.
If you haven’t reached out to your House of Representatives member, there is still time to do so this morning. Call, e-mail, Tweet or Facebook them now! Calling is best, and here’s what to say:
Hello. My name is ________. I am a constituent from __________.
I am calling to urge Representative _______________ to vote NO on the Substitute Amendment to S. 47, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act and YES on the final passage of S. 47.
The Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) expired in September 2011 and unless it is renewed, critical federal programs and the victims they support will be at risk. The S. 47 Substitute Amendment does not include the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPRA), which was included in S. 47 as passed by the Senate.
Reauthorization of the TVPA must be a national priority. Therefore, I am asking Representative ________ to vote NO on the Substitute Amendment to S.47 and YES on the final passage of S.47.
You can find the contact information for your House member on the upper right corner of the House of Representatives website.