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While Rosen Leads, Heller & GOP Congress Stall on Long-Term Reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act

The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) is set to expire in a week, and while Democrats in the House—including Congresswoman Jacky Rosen—have introduced a bill to reauthorize this critical legislation, Washington Republicans including Sen. Dean Heller haven’t done a thing. VAWA funds programs and strengthens protections for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, and dating violence. Heller has touted his support for the legislation in the past… but like most things Heller has done, it’s all talk and no action. Is anyone surprised?

Last week, the National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence called out Senate Republicans over their handling of credible allegations of attempted rape against Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Judge Brett Kavanaugh. Heller referred to the allegations as “a little hiccup” and said “we’ll get through this and we’ll get off to the races.” Heller has refused to apologize for his offensive comments, and he still has “no reservations” about voting to confirm Kavanaugh to a lifetime appointment on the nation’s highest court.

Nevada State Democratic Party spokesperson Sarah Abel released the following statement:

“Given his offensive, tone-deaf comments last week, it should come as no surprise to anyone that Dean Heller hasn’t actually done anything to pass a long-term reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act that he boasts about on the campaign trail. Heller tries to paint himself as a champion for women, but Nevadans know that it’s just talking points. By dismissing credible allegations of sexual assault as a ‘little hiccup’ and failing to prioritize this vital piece of legislation, Dean Heller’s message to Nevada women is clear.”