Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) announced in a statement Tuesday that has signed on as a cosponsor to the Violence Against Women Act re-authorization, which is on deck for a floor vote by early next week.
He took a direct shot at House Republicans, who have resisted expanding coverage to domestic abuse victims who are gay, illegal immigrants and Native Americans.
"The Violence Against Women Act is a critical bill that helps ensure support services are in place so that victims of domestic violence can protect themselves and their families. Last year, women were used as political pawns by House Republicans, and we can't let that happen again. The Senate should vote again to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act without delay and send a strong, unified message that this country does not tolerate brutality against anyone."