Pelosi calls on Ryan to bring long-term Violence Against Women Act to floor
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House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiOvernight Health Care — Presented by American Health Care Association — California monitoring 8,400 people for coronavirus | Pence taps career official to coordinate response | Dems insist on guardrails for funding Overnight Energy: Murkowski, Manchin unveil major energy bill | Lawmakers grill EPA chief over push to slash agency's budget | GOP lawmaker accuses Trump officials of 'playing politics' over Yucca Mountain Hillicon Valley — Presented by Facebook — Federal court rules tech giants can censor content | Trump upends surveillance fight | Senate passes bill barring federal funds for Huawei equipment MORE (D-Calif) called on Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanGaetz tells CPAC he won't take PAC money Paul Ryan says he disagrees with Romney's impeachment vote Trump doubles down on Neil Cavuto attacks: 'Will he get the same treatment as' Shep Smith? MORE (R-Wis.) to bring a new, long-term Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) introduced by Rep. Sheila Jackson LeeSheila Jackson LeeWhat the impeachment vote looked like from inside the chamber No experience required: US hiring immigration judges who don't have any immigration law experience Trump administration restricts travel from Nigeria and five other countries 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 StefanikWhere do we go from here? Conservation can show the way The Hill's Morning Report — Trump basks in acquittal; Dems eye recanvass in Iowa Trump holds White House 'celebration' for impeachment acquittal 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.