A team of House and Senate conferees working to hammer out a compromise in the proposed Violence Against Women Act added Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., as a new member Monday.
The former chair of the Congressional Caucus on Women's Issues said she is committed to stopping domestic violence and said the act before Congress is "an essential step in achieving this goal."
"Especially in rural communities like West Virginia where victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in rural and remote communities face unique obstacles in their efforts to escape abusive and dangerous relationships, support provided by the VAWA can literally be life saving," the 2nd District representative said.
Capito said she feels honored to be picked by the GOP leadership to work on the conference panel.
"I look forward to productive conversations about how to best move this important legislation forward," she added.