Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., released the following statement regarding House consideration of the Senate version of the Violence Against Women Act:
"I am pleased that the House will vote on the bipartisan Senate VAWA reauthorization bill. During the last Congress partisan politics prevented the Senate and House from reconciling the differences between their two bills. Passing a House VAWA bill this week would set up the same failed process that doomed a VAWA reauthorization during the last Congress. The Senate passed a bipartisan VAWA bill which should become law as soon as possible. Further delays in passing a bipartisan VAWA reauthorization would be a disservice to the victims of domestic violence and sexual assault who rely on programs authorized by the legislation. For those reasons, I encouraged House leaders to bring the Senate bill to the floor this week so that it can pass the House and be signed into law. I will vote against the House substitute amendment and for the Senate bill when it comes to the House floor later this week."