EUGENE, Ore. — Supporters of the Violence Against Women Act from all over town met on Thursday morning to bring more awareness to the issue.
Congress is debating legislation to extend the act.
Both Oregon Senator Ron Wyden and State Representative Val Hoyle want lawmakers to work faster.
Hoyle shared a personal story of her own grandmother’s struggles in an abusive relationship.
“I’m hoping that this bill does not become a political football. This is not a partisan issue. This is an investment that saves lives and save money and is just the right thing to do,” Hoyle said.
Senator Wyden says he’s pushing to get the act passed in July before Congress’ August break.