Full title: H. Amdt. 149, Amends Bill H.R.1585 — Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2019.
Summary: An amendment numbered 33 printed in Part B of House Report 116-32 to direct the Secretary of Education to submit a report to Congress regarding an evaluation of programs, events, and educational materials related to domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking and an assessment of best practices and guidance. The report should be made publicly available online to universities and college campuses to use as a resource.
ANGIE CRAIG’S POSITION: Representative Craig sponsored the amendment on 4/30/19.
STATUS: Introduced 4/30/19 by Rep. Craig, Angie [D-MN-2]. The amendment passed by voice vote.
INFORMATION RELATED TO THE BILL:
Amendment No. 33 Offered by Mrs. Craig The Acting CHAIR. It is now in order to consider amendment No. 33 printed in part B of House Report 116-32. Mrs. CRAIG. Mr. Chairman, I have an amendment at the desk. The Acting CHAIR. The Clerk will designate the amendment. The text of the amendment is as follows: Page 37, line 21, insert ``(a) In General.--'' before ``Section 304''. Page 39, after line 19, insert the following: (b) Report on Best Practices Regarding Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Sexual Assault, and Stalking on Campuses.-- Not later than 1 year after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Education shall submit to Congress a report, which includes-- (1) an evaluation of programs, events, and educational materials related to domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking; and (2) an assessment of best practices and guidance from the evaluation described in paragraph (1), which shall be made publicly available online to universities and college campuses to use as a resource. The Acting CHAIR. Pursuant to House Resolution 281, the gentlewoman from Minnesota (Mrs. Craig) and a Member opposed each will control 5 minutes. The Chair recognizes the gentlewoman from Minnesota. Mrs. CRAIG. Mr. Chairman, I rise today to offer an amendment to H.R. 1585, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act. Every student deserves to learn in an environment that is safe and free from harassment and violence. Yet, we all know that domestic violence and sexual assault remain prevalent threats to women, and especially young women, on college campuses across our country. College-aged students are at greater risk than any other age groups for domestic and sexual violence. These instances of violence are vastly underreported. A study of college students by the U.S. Department of Justice found that around one in five women are targets of attempted or completed sexual assault. The Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2019 increases funding for grants to combat violent crimes on campuses and allocates funding to train campus health centers to recognize and to respond to these crimes. My amendment directs the Secretary of Education to study and submit a report to Congress on best practices regarding the prevention of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking on college campuses. This includes an evaluation of programs, events, and educational materials related to preventing acts of violence and harassment. Preventing violence against young people on college campuses starts with education. Sharing information for best practices and guidance for educators on college campuses opens the door for collaborative work among experts in intimate partner and sexual violence prevention. My amendment does not change the enforcement and implementation responsibilities of the Department of Education. Congress needs a report on best practices for prevention of these acts of violence, not on the agency's recent efforts to change regulations and requirements under Title IX. None of us can address sexual and domestic violence on our own. That is why this amendment provides a commonsense approach toward solving the problem by forcing the agency to continue to review best practices and prevention methods for combating acts of violence. Colleges and universities, sexual violence prevention experts, and the Federal Government should share resources and information, learn from their peers, and take steps toward eradicating sexual and domestic violence altogether. When it comes to the safety of our students, we cannot afford to work in silos. Every student deserves to feel safe in their community and we must be proactive and collaborative in our work to end sexual and domestic violence on our college campuses. I urge my colleagues to support this amendment and support the underlying bill. Mr. Chairman, I yield back the balance of my time. The Acting CHAIR. The question is on the amendment offered by the gentlewoman from Minnesota (Mrs. Craig). The amendment was agreed to.