Cornyn: Dems trying to 'score cheap political points' with Violence Against Women Act

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), the top Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, and Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas) are working on an alternative version of the bill that would appeal to Republicans. Hutchison and Grassley maintain that their version addresses some flaws in the Democratic version, such as how it would affect government spending, in addition to the parts on immigration.

"The overwhelming majority of Republicans believe it should be reauthorized, and I have cosponsored legislation to do just that," Cornyn wrote. "Our bill contains some commonsense proposals that would bolster VAWA and also remove a series of controversial provisions from the Democratic alternative."

But Cornyn said Democrats' opposition to the GOP version makes it unlikely to become law. So Cornyn is proposing an amendment to the Democrats' bill that would increase funding for rape kits, add to penalties for domestic violence and sexual abuse and aid law enforcement in capturing sex offenders.

"The Justice for Victims Amendment would go a long way toward alleviating the rape-kit backlog, giving victims the justice they deserve and keeping dangerous criminals off the streets. It would not add to the federal budget deficit, but it would add to the tools that law enforcement can use to protect ordinary citizens," Cornyn wrote.

Cornyn wrote that there won't be any kind of compromise on improving the VAWA until Democrats stop seeking to use the legislation to gain a political advantage.

"Congress has an opportunity to make VAWA stronger and more effective. But we won't be able to produce a genuine bipartisan agreement until Democrats stop exploiting the issue for political gain. The American people deserve results, not reckless demagoguery."