May 30, 2014 — The House on Wednesday approved a proposal that would increase grants for sexual assault prevention programs on college campuses, The Hill's "Floor Action" reports.
House members agreed by voice vote to add Rep. Kyrsten Sinema's (D-Ariz.) amendment to the fiscal year 2015 Commerce-Justice-Science appropriations bill.
The amendment would increase funding by $1 million for grants that aim to reduce campus sexual assault, while decreasing Department of Justice salaries and expenses by the same amount. The increase would bring total annual funding for the grants to $12.5 million (Marcos , The Hill, "Floor Action," 5/28).
House Passes Veterans Sexual Trauma Support Bill
In related news, the House on Wednesday by voice vote passed a bill (HR 2527) that would provide counseling and treatment to veterans who experienced sexual trauma during inactive service, The Hill's "Floor Action" reports.
The bill would bring services for such veterans in line with those assaulted during active service.
Rep. Dina Titus (D-Nev.), the bill's sponsor, said the current policy "is simply unacceptable and leaves so many who have served our country without any assistance or support during a devastating time" (Marcos , "Floor Action," The Hill, 5/28).