Speaker Ryan Discusses Survivors' Rights, #BetterWay Initiatives | Speaker.gov

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Today, Speaker Ryan opened his weekly press conference by discussing the Survivors’ Bill of Rights Act—legislation recently passed by the House to protect victims of sexual assault:

“Every 109 seconds, another American becomes a victim of sexual assault. Every 109 seconds.

“The survivors of these heinous crimes should be afforded the full protection of the law. Too often, however, that’s just not the case these days. Evidence is not properly collected or preserved. The laws tend to vary from state to state. It’s all a complicated patchwork.

“After all these survivors have endured, the last thing they should have to deal with is a broken system.

“And that is why the House just recently passed the Survivors’ Bill of Rights Act. It will provide—for the first time—a clear and consistent set of protections for the survivors of sexual assault. This came together in the House thanks to Mimi Walters and Zoe Lofgren. Chuck Grassley’s taking the lead over in the Senate. We hope to get a final bill to the president’s desk very soon.”

Speaker Ryan also discussed what a good week it has been for the #BetterWay agenda—including bills to improve education, health care, regulations, and the VA:

“This has been another good week for the Better Way agenda. The House has passed: Glenn Thompson’s bill to improve career and technical education, which is critical to getting more people on the ladder of opportunity.

“We passed Martha McSally’s bill to protect seniors from another Obamacare tax increase.

“We passed Tim Walberg’s bill to make agencies post more information online about pending regulations. Believe it or not, the White House calls this idea ‘burdensome.’

“And we passed Jeff Miller’s bill to boost accountability at the VA, and overhaul the disability benefits appeals process—something that those of us in Congress work a lot on, and it’s been extremely frustrating for our veterans.

“I could go on and on, but for now, I’ll just encourage everyone to learn more about these ideas by going to better.gop and look at the concrete solutions that we’re offering.”