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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.

At an earlier news conference with an American Indian woman who spoke of her experience with sexual abuse, Senate Democratic women also warned of the bill becoming a political football.

“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.