Senate Republicans have prepared an alternative to a bill to update the Violence Against Women Act, reports Politico. The GOP was in a gender-gap political predicament after all Republicans on the Judiciary Committee voted against the bill. Texas Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison was recruited to help craft a new bill for her party. Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley, the top Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, said female GOP senators “present a softer approach even though they're very tough people.”
Sensing political advantage with 61 co-sponsors already for the Democratic bill, Vice President Joe Biden on Wednesday called it “sad” that there was a debate over the measure in Congress now. And Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), who is leading her party's campaign efforts, said it was Democrats who were “standing tall” on behalf of women in the debate over the Violence Against Women Act. When the Violence Against Women Act heads to the floor as soon as this week, Hutchison — who is not on the Judiciary Committee — will offer an alternative that gives Republicans something to vote for while they vote against the Democratic version.