Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Trump finalizing executive order calling on police to use ‘force with compassion’ The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook MORE highlighted his work on the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) in a new TV spot that will air in Iowa.
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The 60-second video set to air in Des Moines and Cedar Rapids is part of Biden’s plan to expand VAWA in his first 100 days in office. The spot is part of the former vice president’s $4 million paid media campaign for Iowa in early 2020. YouTube and Hulu will also show the ad within the state.
The video features Chrissy Simonds, a New Hampshire resident who spoke at a town hall in New London earlier this month, who credits the vice president for fighting for her family when he advocated for VAWA.
“I was homeless due to domestic violence,” she said in the spot. “Joe Biden became my hero that day because he didn’t even know me and he was fighting for me and my son.”
Biden pushed for the act’s passage in 1994 as a section of the crime bill. Earlier this year, the bill expired, and although House and Senate Democrats have approved reauthorization bills, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote GOP senator to try to reverse requirement that Pentagon remove Confederate names from bases No, ‘blue states’ do not bail out ‘red states’ MORE (R-Ky.) has not brought reauthorization to the Senate floor.
Stef Feldman, the policy director for Biden’s campaign, told The Hill that “there are few issues more important” to the former Delaware senator than fighting against the abuse of women.
The presidential candidate’s planned expansion of the bill would include a grant program to make it easier for survivors of violence to hold onto federal housing subsidies, $5 billion for community organizations to give cash grants to survivors and adjust the tax code to permit these people to tap into their retirement savings without the traditional penalty.
Beyond assisting survivors with housing, Feldman said Biden would also seek to combat online harassment, abuse and stalking and work through the rape kit backlog to move investigations forward.
“I think one of the core themes of the vice president’s campaign overall is tackling the abuse of power,” Feldman said.
“Because it’s been a core to his entire career, it’s clear it would be a core part of his campaign, and it will be a core part of his agenda as president,” she added.
—Updated at 3:38 p.m.