Congressman Fattah Will Address National Group on Critical Need for Programs to Protect Women

Sep 13, 2011, 15:57 ET from Office of Congressman Chaka Fattah

WASHINGTON, Sept. 13, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Congressman Chaka Fattah (D-PA-02), following today's 9/11 Commemoration speech at NASA, will travel to Baltimore Wednesday morning to address the National Sexual Assault Conference on the need to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act and continue the federal programs funded by VAWA. He has also scheduled two national media appearances.


"One of my highest priorities on the House Appropriations Committee will be to protect these critical programs that help our communities and states combat the scourge of domestic abuse and violence against women," Fattah said. "The federal government has a vital role to play in protecting women and children. We must fight in Congress for these critical programs as the President recommends, even as some misguided voices are calling for us to surrender the field."

The Philadelphia Congressman is the top Democrat on the Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science and related agencies. CJS oversees funding for the Department of Justice including programs under the Violence Against Women Act that it administers.

The National Sexual Assault Conference meets at the Hilton Baltimore, 401 West Pratt Street, Baltimore. The Congressman will speak at the opening session at 8:40 a.m. Wednesday in the Key Ballroom on the 2nd Floor. The audience will include 750 counselors, allied professionals, survivors and law enforcers on the front lines of putting an end to sexual violence.


The Justice Department budget request pending before the Commerce, Justice, Science subcommittee calls for $205 million in Services, Training, Officers Prosecutors (STOP) grants, $35 million for the Sexual ASSAULT services Program, $50 million in civil legal assistance for victims, $25 million for transitional housing, and a match or increase for all other VAWA programs including those that serve rural areas. Additional funding requests to combat sexual violence are also pending before other Congressional committees.

The Baltimore speech on sexual violence highlights several busy days for Congressman Fattah on a variety of issues.

The video for Fattah's speech at the 9/11 Commemoration Service conducted at NASA headquarters in Washington this morning (Tuesday) is available on the Congressman's official website:  

Tonight, Fattah will appear live on Politics Nation, hosted by the Reverend Al Sharpton, on MSNBC at 6 p.m.

On Wednesday at 7:15 a.m., the Congressman will appear live with commentator Roland Martin on the Tom Joyner Morning Show to discuss the Thursday national deadline to apply for emergency mortgage assistance under the federal Emergency Homeowners Loan Program (EHLP).

EHLP is based on a program Congressman Fattah began 25 years ago in Pennsylvania, the Homeowners Emergency Mortgage Assistance Program.  It has been so successful that the $1 billion EHLP was modeled after it.  Congressman Fattah wants to ensure that homeowners who need help to stay in their homes when foreclosure is threatened by a job or income loss will apply by Thursday's deadline.

SOURCE Office of Congressman Chaka Fattah