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Domestic ViolenceGrade
The Promise: "Make Domestic Violence A White House Priority...will also issue a joint report on "best practices" across agencies and disseminate that information to the states."
When/Where: Obama Plan: "Ending Violence Against Women and Children" dated 10/31/07.
Status:H.R.3401, entitled "Improving Assistance to Domestic and Sexual Violence Victims Act of 2009" was introduced on 07/30/09 by Representative Debbie Wasserman Shultz (D-FL). This proposed legislation was referred to the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security on 08/19/09 where it sat until it expired with the 111th Congress at the end of CY2010.

On the Senate side, S.327 with the same title was introduced by Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) on 01/26/09 and this initiative resulted in a Committee on the Judiciary Report No. 111-85 filed on 10/01/09. This bill also died with the 111th Congress at the end of CY2010.

On 04/27/12, Congresswoman Sandy Adams (R-FL) introduced the "Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2012" (H.R. 4970) which specifically addressed the adoption of "best practices" to be shared with states. This bill passed the House on 05/16/12 but did not receive passage in the Senate before the 112th Congress expired at the end of CY2012.

On 01/22/13, Senator Leahy reintroduced his bill as the "Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013" (S. 47). This bill addressed best practices for "responding to domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking" and directs inter-agency reporting and information sharing with states. This bill was signed into law by President Obama on 03/07/13.

This promise was fulfilled.
The Promise: "...the Responsible Fatherhood and Healthy Families Act "to remove some of the government penalties on married families, crack down on men avoiding child support payments...will sign this bill into law..."
When/Where: Obama-Biden Plan: "Supporting Urban Prosperity", dated 09/11/08.
Status:After several unsuccessful attempts during previous sessions of Congress, Congressman Danny Davis (D-IL) reintroduced the "Julia Carson Responsible Fatherhood and Healthy Families Act of 2015" (H.R. 3005) on 07/09/15. No action was taken on this bill and it expired with the 114th Congress at the end of CY2016.

This promise was not fulfilled.