House Passes VAWA Without Tribal Provisions

House Passes VAWA Without Tribal Provisions

Yesterday, the House of Representatives passed its version of the Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization HR 4970 by a vote of 222 – 205. The bill excluded provisions to restore tribal criminal and clarify civil jurisdiction over reservation based crimes of domestic and dating violence committed by non-Indians. Six Democrats crossed party lines to vote in favor of the bill, and 23 Republicans voted against the bill.

Throughout the debate, a number of Members of the House Representatives spoke in favor of increased protections for tribal women. The next steps will likely include the Senate and House leaders working to resolve the difference in their two bills (S. 1925 and H.R. 4970). Once an agreement is reached, both the House and Senate will take another vote on the reconciled bill.

For more details on H.R. 4970, visit: http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/D?d112:1:./temp/~bdhxOQ:@@@L&summ2=m&|/home/LegislativeData.php|