Grassley/Hutchison VAWA Amendment Knocked Down



The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) received a victory today as Senators Chuck Grassley’s (R-IA) and Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX) proposed amendment was knocked down.

The Grassley/Hutchison amendment was opposed to providing greater support to LGBT, undocumented, and Native women from domestic violence according to

Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), speaking on the Senate floor in support of VAWA as it originally was presented said, “I am not going to treat Native American women as second-class citizens in the United States of America.”

Cantwell, who represents a state with a large Native population, called for bipartisanship in honoring the treaties created in this country’s past before concluding with, “Let’s get our job done and let's protect all women throughout the United States of America,” she concluded.

A final Violence vote on the Act is scheduled for Monday.

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Iroqvn! I said that! Wm Bishop, Detroit, Michigan's picture
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One object at a time. Native rights, establishment of native sovereignty, and the ability to detain, arrest, try, and imprison for punishment is a right reserved to sovereign nations. This is international law. However, we do have self serving narcissistic, self aggrandizing individuals that act like warlords in a fish bowl. We as a people need to grow up and support every aspect of native culture.

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Why are there so many stall tactics when it comes to protecting the rights of women, The games played in the house and senate makes me sick. One seems they care but in truth they are only playing games. Not until the last 12 years have I seen both house and senate afraid of their own shadows. They do not make any moves without checking with their Lobbies.