Sen. Grassley: GOP Will Not Filibuster VAWA

The GOP is not going to filibuster the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) told Roll Call today. “‘We’re not going to extend this debate,’ Grassley said. ‘There won’t be a cloture vote necessary, and they’ll surely let us have a vote on our substitute.'” The GOP has come up with their own version of the bill, which strips the added protections for Native American, LGBT, and undocumented victims of domestic violence. But with 61 cosponsors in the Senate, the bill with all of its provisions will likely pass. Sen. Grassley continued: “Violence against women except for these additions is noncontroversial. I’m afraid what they’re doing here is they want a political issue — you know, ‘war on women’ — and they are going to end up with another one-year extension.” The real fight is likely to be in the House of Representatives, where VAWA has been hotly debated and enjoyed very little Republican, or male, support.