Today, Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham said that she opposes the House GOP Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Reauthorization substitute. The substitute was introduced by the GOP Leadership as an alternative to S. 47, the strong, bipartisan Senate-passed VAWA bill on February 22 and is scheduled to be considered by the House on Wednesday and Thursday. On February 12, the Senate passed S. 47 by a bipartisan vote of 78 to 22 -- with the support of all Democrats, all female Senators and a majority of Senate Republicans.
"The House GOP Leadership has reverted back to its partisan version of VAWA," Rep. Lujan Grisham said. "The GOP substitute strips the bipartisan Senate bill's protections for the LGBT community, reduces protections for Native American women and eliminates key provisions that make college campuses safer. This substitute is not a compromise and it is unacceptable. It is unacceptable to exclude specific groups of women from receiving basic protections under the law."
"I call upon the House GOP Leadership to drop their version of VAWA and instead bring the bipartisan Senate-passed VAWA bill to the House floor," Rep. Lujan Grisham said. "America's women should not have to wait any longer. It is time to get this important piece of legislation to the president's desk."
In January, House Democrats introduced H.R 11, a strong VAWA Reauthorization bill that is the companion to S. 47, the bipartisan Senate bill, and Rep. Lujan Grisham is a cosponsor of that bill. H.R. 11 currently has 201 Democratic cosponsors.