Grassley released that statement just after several Senate Democrats spoke on the floor about the need to reauthorize the VAWA program. Grassley said Republicans broadly support reauthorization but want time to assess how that's done.

"No doubt we need to consider the VAWA bill at the appropriate time, but there must be a fair process that includes consideration of our alternative that ensures more money goes to victims rather than bureaucrats and helps root out more of the well-documented fraud in the program," he said. "The Republican leadership has no intention of blocking fair consideration of this bill."

Grassley also noted press reports saying that Democrats are purposefully trying to move the bill quickly in order to create Republican opposition in order to use that opposition for campaign advertising.