The Violence Against Women Act has expired, the decades old law provides protections for survivors of domestic violence.
Senate Republicans are blaming the Democrats in the House for not including a short-term extension of the bill into the compromise funding bill passed by congress.
However, Democrats have a plan to make the law permanent.
“I’m beyond disappointed that we’ve ended up in this situation, said Texas Senator John Cornyn.
Cornyn says congress had the chance to save it and didn’t.
“There were two options available to us, one was to provide an extension, said Cornyn, “the second option, which our Democratic colleagues chose, was to do nothing.”
The decades old law provides federal grants to prevent sexual assault, domestic violence and stalking.
Cornyn said House Democrats blocked an extension of VAWA from the latest compromise funding bill.
“It’s shameful to play politics with the Violence Against Women Act,” said Cornyn.
But Texas Congressman Henry Cuellar says it’s Republicans who are playing politics. He said they know very well that House Democrats have no intention of letting the act die.
“We want a permanent fix. We don’t want to go on an extension,” said Cueller.
Cuellar said Democrats are planning a major overhaul of the program, and he said the only way to be sure to get a vote on the overhaul in the Republican controlled Senate was to let VAWA expire.
“And I am hoping that this can be a bipartisan support of this legislation,” said Cuellar.
The democratic proposal would expand the law to protect victims of domestic violence from being evicted from their homes and bar anyone convicted of dating violence or stalking from owning a firearm.