The Missouri Democrats recently uploaded a video (below) to YouTube in which Republican Senate candidate Sarah Steelman admitted that she was unfamiliar with the Violence Against Women Act, because she was “not serving right now.”
Steelman, who is running against incumbent Sen. Claire McCaskill (D), later described the video as an attempt to “create an issue where one doesn’t exist.”
Steelman later said: “Of course I am for stopping violence against women. It is unfortunate that the Senate Democrats are making the current re-authorization of Violence Against Women bill into a political football. The Republicans are offering an improved version of the re-authorization bill and I want to review it.”
The Violence Against Women Act, originally passed in 1994 and reauthorized twice since, provides funding to local communities to improve their response to domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking.
Republicans oppose the current re-authorization bill because it would allow battered undocumented immigrants to claim temporary visas, and expand protections to same sex couples and Native American tribes.