A representative disappointed that the old Congress didn’t renew the Violence Against Women Act before disbanding says she’s hopeful that the new Congress – with more female and Democrat members – will get it done.
“There are more women (two) in the Senate. There’s a greater number of Democrats (eight) in the House (than last Congress). We’re going to keep working at this,” U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore, D-Wisconsin, told “CNN Newsroom” on Friday morning. “We just cannot have the male-dominated House of Representatives stop support and help and protection for women.”
The Democratic-controlled Senate had voted to renew the act with an addition: giving tribal authorities new power to prosecute offenses by non-Indians on tribal lands. The Republican-controlled House passed a bill without this power. Talks to reconcile the versions failed, and lawmakers will have to start over in the 113th Congress, which began Thursday.
Only six Democrats supported the House version that omitted the new tribal authority.
“It’s a shame we’re at this point, because … this bill had some very, very hard times getting through the Senate committee structure,” Moore said.