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Dr. Phil Makes Waves on Capitol Hill With Social Causes

When it comes to critical social causes, Dr. Phil McGraw ventures beyond the walls of Paramount Studios to make an impact. McGraw has testified before Congress on two high-profile occasions, the first on June 14, 2010, before the U.S. House Subcommittee on Healthy Families and Communities in an effort to stop student cyberbullying.

“When I grew up as a boy all of our fantasies were about the wild, wild west … and now we’re dealing with the wild, wild Web and the gunslingers are keyboard bullies,” McGraw told the committee. “They are these people that, with anonymity, attack other students in a way that can completely destroy their reputations. It’s something that has changed and we have to change with it.”

On July 13, 2011, McGraw testified to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act, which supports community-based organizations that are engaged in work to end domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking of women. The law was reauthorized by Congress in 2013.

Per Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.), “From the Dr. Phil Foundation that provides essential resources to nonprofits that are working on behalf of foster children to his advocacy on Capitol Hill, Dr. Phil improves lives for countless American families and their children.”

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