Boehner names GOP conferees on stalled Violence Against Women Act

Speaker John BoehnerJohn BoehnerRyan reminds lawmakers to be on time for votes Juan Williams: GOP fumbles on healthcare The Hill's 12:30 Report MORE (R-Ohio) on Monday named Republican negotiators on the long-stalled reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, hoping to launch a House-Senate conference committee two-and-a-half months after the House passed its version.

The Speaker’s announcement is the first sign of movement on the legislation in weeks, but whether it will lead to substantive action before the November elections is unclear. The House and Senate are just days away from a five-week congressional recess.

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“Completing work on legislation to renew and strengthen the Violence Against Women Act is critical in our efforts to combat domestic violence and sexual assault,” BoehnerJohn BoehnerRyan reminds lawmakers to be on time for votes Juan Williams: GOP fumbles on healthcare The Hill's 12:30 Report MORE said in a statement. “The law has broad, bipartisan support in both chambers, and I’m announcing our negotiators today in the hopes that we can begin to resolve the differences between the House and Senate bills.

"The House is ready and willing to begin those discussions," he continued, "and I would urge Senate Democrats to come to the table so this critical legislation can be sent to the president for his signature as soon as possible.”

In late April, the Senate passed a reauthorization of the bill with bipartisan support on a vote of 68-31. The House followed with its own bill three weeks later, but Senate leaders dismissed the lower chamber’s version as inadequate because it lacked specific measures for Native American, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) and immigrant victims of domestic violence. A top Senate Democrat, Sen. Patty MurrayPatty MurrayDems push for more action on power grid cybersecurity Live coverage: Senate GOP unveils its ObamaCare repeal bill Senators grill Perry on Yucca nuclear storage plans MORE (Wash.), has said she would not compromise on those provisions.

House leaders have called on the Senate to fix its own bill because it raises revenue, and measures that raise revenue must originate in the House.

A House GOP leadership aide said that position has not changed.

“Given that the Senate-passed bill is unconstitutional, the best way to proceed is for the Senate to fix their mistake, and go to conference,” the aide said. “In light of the heated rhetoric from Senate Democrats on this issue, if they do not agree to go to conference, it will seem they are more interested in exploiting this issue for partisan gain than getting a bill done.”

A spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidCharles Koch thanks Harry Reid for helping his book sales Warren cautions Dems against infighting Dems see surge of new candidates MORE (D-Nev.) did not immediately return a request for comment.

The House conferees that Boehner named are Reps. Sandy Adams (Fla.), the bill’s chief sponsor, Mary Bono Mack (Calif.), Trey GowdyTrey GowdyGowdy won't use Oversight gavel to probe Russia GOP rep Gowdy on healthcare bill: ‘I try really hard not to give the Senate advice’ Overnight Cybersecurity: Obama DHS chief defends Russian hack response | Trump huddles on grid security | Lawmakers warned about cyber threat to election systems MORE (S.C.), Nan Hayworth (N.Y.), Cathy McMorris RodgersCathy McMorris RodgersPaul Ryan: ‘Beautiful day’ to catch up with Bono Bono signs card for Scalise during Capitol Hill visit The Hill's Latina Leaders to Watch MORE (Wash.), Shelley Moore CapitoShelley Moore CapitoGOP’s message on ObamaCare is us versus them Sanders tries to sway GOP colleague on Obamacare repeal Sanders: GOP healthcare bill is a 'moral outrage' MORE (W. Va.), James Sensenbrenner Jr. (Wis.), and Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (Texas).