Rep. Gwen MooreGwen MooreTrump to black reporter: Help me meet with Black Caucus Cummings: I will attend Trump's inauguration CBC to Trump: Keep Richard Cordray, ensure the protection of American consumers MORE (D-Wis.) on Wednesday afternoon recounted her experience being sexually abused as a child and then raped as a young woman.
"Violence against women is as American as apple pie," she said on the House floor. "I know, not only as a legislator, but from personal experience.
"Domestic violence has been a thread throughout my personal life, up to and including being a child repeatedly sexually assaulted, up to and including, being an adult who's been raped. I just don't have enough time to share all these experiences with you."
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She did say, however, that the lack of support for the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) in the House Judiciary Committee in years past "really brought up some terrible memories for me.
"I mean, this is what American women are facing."
Moore spoke along with other Democrats who were looking to turn away the House Republican budget proposal and turn to a bill reauthorizing VAWA, which expires this year. Attempts to turn the House majority away from the bill they prefer always fail, and while Rep. Rob WoodallRob WoodallBill to overturn last Obama regulations heads to House floor Overnight Finance: Senate rejects funding bill as shutdown looms | Labor Dept. to probe Wells Fargo | Fed to ease stress test rules for small banks Lawmakers clash over race claims in Flint aid delay MORE (R-Ga.) offered words of sympathy to Moore, he said he has a "tough time" connecting the GOP budget to VAWA.
Woodall, a member of the Rules Committee, did say that he would support efforts to reauthorize VAWA, something that is expected to enjoy significant bipartisan support.
"You have my support on the Rules Committee," Woodall said. "If we can get that bill reported out of Judiciary, I'd love to see that in the Rules Committee, and would love to see us report that to the House floor."