The U.S. Senate on Tuesday, by a bipartisan 78-22 vote, passed a renewal of the federal Violence Against Women, and sent it to the House where Republican leaders have refused to allow a floor vote on the Senate’s legislation.
A group of 17 Republican House members, including Rep. Dave Reichert, R-Wash, sent a letter to leaders urging that they stop the stall. Washington’s three other GOP House members — Reps. Cathy McMorris-Rodgers and Jaime Herrera Beutler, and Rep. Doc Hastings, R-Wash. — did not sign the letter.
McMorris-Rodgers is a high-ranking member of the House Republican leadership.
Such conservative lobbies as FreedomWorks have, however, come out against the legislation, claiming it is unfair to men. They have objected to provisions that would allow non-Indian perpetrators of domestic violence on reservations to be tried in tribal courts.