Today, Congresswoman Gwen Moore (WI-4), released this statement following news that Speaker John Boehner appointed eight members of the House Republican caucus to a nonexistent conference committee on the Violence Against Women Act:
"We are now long overdue for real action on a comprehensive, bipartisan Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). As a champion for a strong VAWA bill, I wish I could say I applaud the Speaker for taking action, but this is merely a hollow offer unless House Republican leadership truly puts aside partisan politics and commits to passing an improved VAWA that serves all victims.
"I am a strong supporter of the Senate VAWA bill, which I introduced in the House of Representatives. This legislation, which passed with solid bipartisan support in the Senate, provides critical updates to the law and offers coverage for underserved populations, such as Native American women, the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender community, and immigrant women. I urge my Republican colleagues in both the House and the Senate to dedicate themselves to passing the Violence Against Women Act that is inclusive of all victims."