Meanwhile, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), the author of the Senate VAWA bill, went to the Senate floor on Thursday and plainly announced that House Republican leaders are blocking his bill “because of their objections to … tribal provision.”
Leahy explained the provision, probably the least understood of the three additions in the Senate bill: It gives tribal courts limited jurisdiction to oversee domestic violence offenses committed against Native American women by non-Native American men on tribal lands.
Good to see you post this. I happen to believe that the Representatives got it all wrong. I don’t know how we can say that we are leaders in the world and want world peace, if we are going to have some folks in our Congress that are going to exclude certain folks rights because they don’t fit into the image that they feel is American, or were actually duped into believing that they were voting on one and the same bill that the Senate had voted and passed just a few months earlier. I would hate to think that there are that many on the House floor who would want to deny anyone rights to be protected if they become a victim of domestic violence. Unfathomable! Unbelievable! Completely reprehensible!