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 thinkprogress.org.
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.