Sadly, these bills, important to all women, only have an 8-9% chance of passage.Bills below have 8-9% chance of passing. The Violence Against Women Act, passed by the Senate, has been passed in the House but the amendments protecting immigrant and Native American women were removed in the House version.

CONGRESSIONAL MATTERS

S. 1925 Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2011
SUPPORT
– Sen. Patrick Leahy [D-VT], 60 Co-Sponsors including Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray
– Reported by the Senate Committee on the Judiciary on February 2, 2012
– 13% chance of passing according to govtrack.us
Title I: Enhancing Judicial and Law Enforcement Tools to Combat Violence Against Women
Title II: Improving Services for Victims of Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Sexual Assault, and Stalking
Title III: Services, Protection, and Justice for Young Victims of Violence
Title IV: Violence Reduction Practices
Title V: Strengthening the Healthcare System’s Response to Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Sexual Assault, and Stalking
Title VI: Safe Homes for Victims of Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Sexual Assault, and Stalking
Title VII: Economic Security for Victims of Violence
Title VIII: Protection of Battered Immigrants
Title IX: Safety for Indian Women
Title X: Other Matters

S. 598: Respect for Marriage Act of 2011
SUPPORT
– Sen. Dianne Feinstein [D-CA], 31 Co-Sponsors including Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray
– Reported by the Senate Committee on the Judiciary on November 10, 2011
– 9% chance of passing according to govtrack.us
“Amends the Defense of Marriage Act to repeal a provision that prohibited a state, territory, possession, or Indian tribe from being required to recognize any public act, record, or judicial proceeding of any other state, territory, possession, or tribe respecting a same sex marriage. Amends the federal rules of construction added by such Act concerning the definitions of “marriage” and “spouse” to provide that, for purposes of any federal law in which marital status is a factor, an individual shall be considered married if that individual’s marriage is valid in the state where the marriage was entered into or, in the case of a marriage entered into outside any state, if the marriage is valid in the place where entered into and the marriage could have been entered into in a state. Removes the definition of “spouse” (currently, a person of the opposite sex who is a husband or a wife).”

S. 414: International Protecting Girls by Preventing Child Marriage Act of 2011
SUPPORT
– Sen. Richard Durbin [D-IL], 35 Co-Sponsors including Patty Murray
– Reported by the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations on February 14, 2012
– 8% chance of passing according to govtrack.us

Defines “child marriage” as the marriage of a girl or boy not yet the minimum age for marriage stipulated in law in the country in which the girl or boy is a resident, or where there is no such law, under the age of 18.
Expresses the sense of Congress that: (1) child marriage is a violation of human rights and its prevention and elimination should be a U.S. foreign policy goal; and (2) expanding educational opportunities for girls, economic opportunities for women, and reducing maternal and child mortality are critical to achieving the Millennium Development Goals and U.S. global health and development objectives, including efforts to prevent HIV/AIDS. Authorizes the President to provide assistance, including through multilateral, nongovernmental, and faith-based organizations, to prevent child marriage in developing countries and to promote the educational, health, economic, social, and legal empowerment of girls and women. Directs the President to establish a multi-year strategy to prevent child marriage and promote the empowerment of girls at risk of child marriage in developing countries, and should include addressing the unique needs, vulnerabilities, and potential of girls under age 18 in developing countries. Expresses the sense of Congress that the President and all relevant agencies should collect and make available data on the incidence of child marriage in countries that receive U.S. foreign or development assistance where the practice of child marriage is prevalent. Amends the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 to require that Department of State country reports on human rights practices include a description of the status of child marriage for each country in which child marriage is prevalent.

S. 671: Finding Fugitive Sex Offenders Act of 2011
SUPPORT
– Sen. Jefferson “Jeff” Sessions [R-AL], 21 Co-Sponsors
– Reported by the Senate Committee on the Judiciary on December 1, 2011
– 8% chance of passing according to govtrack.us
Amends the federal judicial code and the federal criminal code to authorize the United States Marshals Service to issue administrative subpoenas solely for the investigation of unregistered sex offenders.

S. 1763: SAVE Native Women Act
SUPPORT
– Sen. Daniel Akaka [D-HI], 14 Co-Sponsors including Patty Murray
– Reported by the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs on December 8, 2011
– 8% chance of passing according to govtrack.us
A bill to decrease the incidence of violent crimes against Indian women, to strengthen the capacity of Indian tribes to exercise the sovereign authority of Indian tribes to respond to violent crimes committed against Indian women, and to ensure that perpetrators of violent crimes committed against Indian women are held accountable for that criminal behavior, and for other purposes.

S. 1542: Child and Family Services Improvement and Innovation Act
SUPPORT
– Sen. Max Baucus [D-MT], 5 Co-Sponsors including Maria Cantwell
– Reported by the Senate Committee on Finance on September 20, 2011
– 8% chance of passing according to govtrack.us
A bill to amend part B of title IV of the Social Security Act to extend the child and family services program through fiscal year 2016, and for other purposes.

H.R. 2337: Kate Puzey Peace Corps Volunteer Protection Act of 2011
SUPPORT
– Rep. Ted Poe [R-TX2], 88 Co-Sponsors including Rep. James “Jim” McDermott, Rep. Dave Reichert, and Rep. Adam Smith
– Reported by House Committee on Foreign Affairs on September 21, 2011
– 8% chance of passing according to govtrack.us
To amend the Peace Corps Act to require sexual assault risk-reduction and response training, the development of sexual assault protocol and guidelines, the establishment of victims advocates, the establishment of a Sexual Assault Advisory Council, and for other purposes.