Sensenbrenner Speaks on House Floor in Support of VAWA Reauthorization
May 16, 2012
Thank you, Madam Speaker. I can't believe what I'm hearing on the other side of the aisle. I was the author of the last re-authorization of VAWA. It passed this house 415-4, and many of the members who are complaining about the inadequacy of the present law weren't around to try to strengthen it.
They didn't attempt to try to propose amendments, and instead they seem to have fallen for the contagion that started on the -- contagion that started on the other side of the capitol, by making an issue whether a non-Indian can be prosecuted in a tribal court which brings huge constitutional issues because the bill of rights does not apply in tribal courts.
And I don't think it is the authors of this bill and particularly the gentlewoman from Florida, Mrs. Adams, who have anything to do with making this a partisan bill. it is the people on the other side of the aisle on both sides of the capitol that have decided to use this as a political issue.
And there was one member of the other body that said the Republican Party has declared war on women. That's not the case. This bill increases authorizations. It makes it more effective. It limits administrative expenses so that the money is spent on victims. It really is a victims' rights bill.
If those who are up here complaining about this legislation and strongly opposing it result in its defeat, the first casualty of the war on women is going to be the most important bill that has protected women for the last 18 years, the violence against women act. Madam speaker, if the people on the other side are successful, the blood of the defeat of this bill will be on your hands, not on ours.