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Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC

Mr. RUIZ. I would like to thank the Senate for working in a bipartisan manner to pass the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act. However, the House Republican version of the bill fails to protect all women, including Native American women, immigrant women, and the LGBT community.

I rise today in strong opposition to the House Republican version of the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act. As an ER doctor, I have seen firsthand the beaten and bruised bodies of women victims and the invisible scars left on the victim, her family, and community. Native American women in my district and across the country endure an epidemic of domestic violence, and in most cases the abusers are not members of the tribes. Tribes must have the right to protect their daughters, sisters, and mothers from violence.

We must work to make sure that all women are protected from domestic violence. I urge all of my colleagues to join me in opposition to the House Republican version of this legislation, and I look forward to the passage of the bipartisan Senate version of this legislation.

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