Angelina Jolie meets with White House officials on reauthorizing Violence Against Women Act

Actress, activist and humanitarian Angelina Jolie visited the White House on Wednesday and met with officials to discuss reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act, a landmark piece of legislation championed by President Joe Biden.

Jolie met with White House press secretary Jen Psaki, communications director Kate Bedingfield and White House Gender Policy Council co-chair Jennifer Klein, a White House official told CNN. The day before, Jolie was on Capitol Hill meeting with lawmakers about the bill.

Psaki tweeted: “Met briefly this morning with the tireless and committed #AngelinaJolie this morning to talk about the importance of reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act and the importance of continuing to fight for women, children and families around the world.”

Jolie briefly stopped by the White House press briefing room on Wednesday and spoke with reporters about why she believes the reauthorization of the legislation is so important.

“It’s a health crisis, what is happening,” Jolie said. “And it’s going to be solved if we look at it as health and families and invest. … And there is the harm within the families, especially for the children and getting the care early, and the prevention.”

She said she had “good, bipartisan meetings” on Capitol Hill on Tuesday that she described as “encouraging.”

A spokesperson for Jolie told CNN: “UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie is in D.C. for a second day meeting with Senior White House and DOJ officials, and Senators to continue to advocate for the rights of women and children and health in families. In her meetings she will talk about the importance of VAWA reauthorization, FBI reforms, judicial training, and health equity including non-biased forensic evidence collection.”

Jolie said on Wednesday she would be attending meetings on the legislation with the Department of Justice and Republican Sen. Joni Ernst of Iowa.

Ernst has said she is committed to reauthorizing VAWA but wrote in an op-ed published earlier this year that she disagrees with some of the provisions included in the bill passed by the Democrat-led House. Ernst has spoken about her experience as a survivor of sexual assault and domestic violence.

The bill passed by the House this year builds on previous versions of the VAWA by authorizing funding for grants and other forms of support in an effort to prevent and combat sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking and deliver assistance to victims.

The reauthorization of VAWA faces an uncertain future in the Senate. With a 50-50 partisan split, it is not clear there will be enough Republican support for it to pass.

The-CNN-Wire
™ & © 2021 Cable News Network, Inc., a WarnerMedia Company. All rights reserved.

Blogs

Steve Talks with Tom Johnston of The Doobie Brothers!

Steve Talks with Tom Johnston of The Doobie Brothers!

Last week, Steve had the chance to catch up with Tom Johnston, guitarist, vocalist and founding member of The Doobie Brothers! They talked about writing “China Grove” and how the song came about, plus the start of the band and new music! “Liberté“, their latest album, will be available October 1st. Check out the interview…

Steve Talks with Tommy Shaw of Styx!

Steve Talks with Tommy Shaw of Styx!

Steve Gorman Rocks! Interview with Tommy Shaw Steve’s talked with Tommy Shaw about Styx‘s first new album in 4 years, ‘Crash of the Crown’! Hear about the secret hidden Easter eggs on the album cover, stories of how Styx’s greatest hits were pieced together, and so much more! Check out a piece of the video interview here and audio…

Steve Talks with Nancy Wilson of Heart!

Steve Talks with Nancy Wilson of Heart!

Steve Gorman Rocks! Interview Steve had the chance to catch up with singer and guitarist Nancy Wilson of Heart! She was excited to get a call from Steve, but not as excited as when Eddie Van Halen called and played her a song on his guitar. Hey, Steve tried for a drum solo on the…

Steve Talks with Van Halen Bassist Michael Anthony!

Steve Talks with Van Halen Bassist Michael Anthony!

Steve Gorman Rocks! Interview Steve got the chance to catch up with Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony on Friday! Michael reminisced on the first time he heard Sammy Hagar sing, immediately realizing Van Halen had a new frontman. He talked about his work with superbands Chickenfoot and The Circle, and looked back on Van Halen’s worldwide dominance!

Headlines