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Angelina Jolie meets White House officials over generalizing violence against women law

Actress, activist and humanitarian Angelina Jolie visited the White House on Wednesday and met with officials to discuss the Administration Against Violence Against Women Act, a prominent piece of legislation by US 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 at Capitol Hill with lawmakers over the bill.

Psaki tweeted: “Met briefly this morning with the hard-working and committed #AngelinaJolie this morning to talk about the importance of authorizing violence against women law and the importance of continuing for women, children and families around the world. to fight. “

Jolie briefly stopped by the White House press conference room on Wednesday and spoke with reporters as to why she thinks authorizing the legislation is so important.

“There’s a health crisis happening,” Jolie said. “And it will be resolved if we look at it and invest in health and families. And there will be harm to families, especially to children and early childhood care, and prevention.”

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

A spokeswoman for Jolie told CNN: “UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie is in DC 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 and families. At their meetings, she will talk about the importance of VAWA authorization, FBI reform, judicial training, and health justice including non-biased forensic evidence collection. “

Jolie said Wednesday that she would attend legislative meetings with the Department of Justice and with Republican Sen.Joni Ernst of Iowa.

Ernst said she was committed to re-authorizing VAWA but wrote in an op-ed released earlier this year that she did not agree with some of the provisions included in the Democrat-led House bill. Ernst spoke about her experience as a survivor of sexual assault and domestic violence.

The House bill this year builds on earlier versions of the VAWA by authorizing funding for subsidies and other forms of support in an effort to prevent and combat sexual assault, domestic violence, data violence and stalking, and to provide assistance to victims. .

The authorization of VAWA is facing an uncertain future in the Senate. With a 50-50 partisan split, it is not clear that there is enough Republican support for it to happen.

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