Legislation heads to the President's desk

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Wednesday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization Act (VAWA), as part of the FY22 omnibus appropriations package, with broad bipartisan support. The VAWA Reauthorization includes Kayden’s Law, which U.S. Representative Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-01) authored to honor the memory of Kayden Mancuso. Rep. Fitzpatrick applauds the Senate passage of the spending package yesterday and looks forward to President Biden signing the legislation into law.

“I’m thrilled to see that Kayden’s Law, which I authored, was included in the House-passed omnibus spending package, and that Congress is directly addressing the important issue of protecting our children from family violence. 7-year old Kayden Mancuso of Bucks County was murdered by her father shortly after being awarded partial, unsupervised custody. This incident shook our community to its core and has served as a wake-up call for all levels of government that we must do more to protect our children,” said Rep. Fitzpatrick.

Kayden's Law takes the much-needed steps to improve our response to the well-documented, widespread failures of state courts to protect children in custody proceedings and increases funding under the STOP Grant program for States that put laws into place protecting child safety in any private State court proceeding affecting child care and custody. Kayden’s Law will strengthen our state courts’ abilities to recognize and adjudicate domestic violence and child abuse allegations based on valid, admissible evidence so that courts can enter orders that protect and minimize the risk of harm to children.