It’s difficult to comprehend what U.S. Rep. Michelle Fischbach might have been thinking when she voted against the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act of 2021.

Authorization to this bipartisan effort expired in 2018. Republican Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick introduced the bill with Democrat Reps. Sheila Jackson Lee of Texas and Jerry Nadler of New York.

The bill passed in the House of Representatives with broad bipartisan support, so important in these days of division.

This bill authorizes funding for important grant programs, including victim services, prevention, training, education, enforcement, economic stability, and other vital programs to support survivors, to help them heal and access justice.

There are times when people need protection from the very people responsible for their safety.

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This bill included Kayden’s Law which protects children from family violence. Kayden, age 7, was murdered by her father shortly after he gained partial custody. This bill seeks to stop domestic violence.

We need representatives who will work for bipartisan legislation that supports the protection and welfare of people of Minnesota and the entire U.S. Rep. Michelle Fishbach has shown again that she is not a representative who will work for those in need when she voted against this bill, which is so critical to the safety and well-being of people of all ages.

Vicki Poier

Montevideo