When pressed about Senate protections for American Indians, Mrs. Noem said the House Republican bill will “stay consistent with criminal law.” Mrs. Adams said protections for nonheterosexuals already are contained in VAWA. “Victim services are for everyone,” she said.
“These women don’t deserve political theater,” said Sen. Patty Murray, Washington Democrat. Hopefully, the House will act in a bipartisan way, she said, adding, “We want to make sure they don’t move us backwards.”
• This article is based in part on wire service reports.
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Cheryl Wetzstein covers family and social issues as a national reporter for The Washington Times. She has been a reporter for three decades, working in New York City and Washington, D.C. Since joining The Washington Times in 1985, she has been a features writer, environmental and consumer affairs reporter, and assistant business editor. Beginning in 1994, Mrs. Wetzstein worked exclusively ...
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