Pelosi calls on Ryan to bring long-term Violence Against Women Act to floor
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House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiDonald Trump proved himself by winning fight for border security Trump should beware the 'clawback' Congress The national emergency will haunt Republicans come election season MORE (D-Calif) called on Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanUnscripted Trump keeps audience guessing in Rose Garden Coulter defends Paul Ryan: This is 100 percent Trump's fault The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Kidney Care Partners — Trump escalates border fight with emergency declaration MORE (R-Wis.) to bring a new, long-term Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) introduced by Rep. Sheila Jackson LeeSheila Jackson LeeCongress allows Violence Against Women Act to lapse Five takeaways from acting AG's fiery House hearing Democrat to acting AG: 'We are not joking here' MORE (D-Texas) to the floor before the current law expires on Sept. 30. 

In a letter sent to Ryan on Monday, Pelosi argued the short-term extension that Congress is expected to pass is insufficient and called on the GOP to bring Jackson Lee’s bill to the floor.

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“Republicans’ decision to include only a short-term VAWA reauthorization in the must-pass minibus spending bill is nothing short of an abdication of our responsibilities to women in our country,” she said in her letter. 

She urged the GOP to “immediately begin working with Democrats to pass the VAWA Reauthorization Act swiftly and on a bipartisan basis.”

Ryan's office said they hope to work on a bipartisan solution following the passage of the short-term extension. 
 
“As we work toward a larger agreement, an extension is necessary to ensure there is no lapse in the program. We are confident our Democratic colleagues will join us in ensuring that doesn’t happen," Ryan spokeswoman AshLee Strong told The Hill.  

Pelosi blasted the six-month extension introduced by Rep. Elise StefanikElise Marie StefanikGOP announces members who will serve on House intel panel Bipartisan House group introduces bills to stall Syria, South Korea troop withdrawals House votes on 10th bill to reopen government MORE (R-N.Y.), arguing it doesn’t do enough to provide protections for certain communities that she feels are better addressed under Jackson Lee's proposed legislation. 

“As Members of Congress, it is our responsibility to ensure that every woman, in every part of our society, can live free from violence,” the letter reads. 

“Yet, the continued refusal over many years of House Republicans to extend VAWA’s critical protections to include vulnerable communities, particularly Native American, immigrant and LGBTQ communities, represents a blatant dereliction of that duty.”

Her letter comes on the heels of a letter sent by a group of moderate GOP lawmakers calling for action to be taken ahead of the bill's expiration. That letter did not specify which measure they would like to see brought the floor.