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Angelina Jolie discusses domestic violence with Squad member Cori Bush and Mitt Romney in Capitol

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Angelina Jolie visits Capitol Hill: Star meets Squad member Cori Bush to discuss domestic violence bill before sitting with Senator Mitt Romney to talk about family and child support

  • Angelina Jolie met with lawmakers to discuss women and children’s rights
  • She discussed VAWA which was approved by the House but has not been passed
  • Cori Bush said she is a ‘survivor’ after being raped by a church member aged 17 


Angelina Jolie has visited Capitol Hill to discuss the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) with Squad member Cori Bush and Republican Senator Mitt Romney.

The actress, 46, posed for photos in a face mask with Democrat lawmaker Bush before ditching the covering for her sit-down with the former presidential nominee.

Face masks are mandatory in the House but the Senate remains exempt from the restrictions. 

Bush is a member of the ‘Squad’, a group of six, young, racially-diverse women elected to Congress who are among the most left-leaning voices in the Democratic Party, including Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar. 

Angelina Jolie has visited Capitol Hill to discuss the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) with Squad member Cori Bush

Angelina Jolie has visited Capitol Hill to discuss the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) with Squad member Cori Bush

Bush is a Black Lives Matter activist who was elected to Congress in 2020 and is a member of the'Squad'

Bush is a Black Lives Matter activist who was elected to Congress in 2020 and is a member of the ‘Squad’

She tweeted after her meeting with Jolie: ‘I’m forever grateful to get to work in partnership with such strong women across the country in our movement to end domestic violence.

‘As a survivor myself, this fight is personal.

‘Thank you to Angelina Jolie for your leadership to put an end to violence against women.’

Bush, a Black Lives Matter activist who was elected to Congress in 2020, previously revealed she had an abortion at the age of 18 after falling pregnant when she was raped by a church member.

She told Vanity Fair in September she felt ‘guilt’ over the assault which triggered the ‘darkest period of her life’ after her rapist attacked her during an annual youth delegation trip in the summer of 1994.  

During her meeting with Romney, Jolie discussed her role as Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

During her meeting with Romney, Jolie discussed her role as Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

VAWA, which Jolie is advocating, was signed into law by President Bill Clinton in 1994 and was the first pieces of federal legislation to recognize domestic violence and sexual assault as crimes, giving resources to tackle the issues.

The law was championed by Joe Biden when he was a senator, since branding it ‘one of my proudest legislative achievements’.

The law needs to be renewed every five years and has not been reauthorized since 2013, meaning it expired in 2018 during the federal government shutdown.

Biden promised to reauthorize the act in his campaign and earlier this year, the House approved it by 244 to 172 votes.

It has passed the House but remains languishing in the Upper Chamber. 

Bush told CBS News after her meeting with Jolie: ‘She’s so informed.’ 

During her meeting with Romney, Jolie discussed her role as Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

The actress and filmmaker took off her mask for the discussion and the pair were seen looking at photos on the wall of Romney’s office.

The actress and filmmaker took off her mask for the discussion and the pair were seen looking at photos on the wall of Romney's office

The actress and filmmaker took off her mask for the discussion and the pair were seen looking at photos on the wall of Romney’s office

There are currently no official mask and social distancing rules when not in chamber in the Capitol, although it is recommended that CDC guidelines are followed.

Romney tweeted: ‘Met with Angelina Jolie to discuss ways in which we can support children and families at home and abroad. 

‘I’m grateful for her work as a Goodwill Ambassador and for her continued advocacy for the vulnerable.’

Jolie previously visited the Capitol in September to discuss the act and also thanked officers who lost their colleagues after defending politicians in the January 6 riots.

She then asked senators to consider expanding VAWA to cover abuse targeted at children and ‘prioritize children’s health and safety in legal responses to trauma, including through judicial training and advancements in forensic evidence collection.’  

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