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Va. 6th District Rep. Goodlatte Blocking Bill Aimed at Helping Abused Native American Women

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Bob Goodlatte (FILE) Bob Goodlatte (FILE)

FARGO, N.D. (AP) - A departing Republican congressman from Virginia who's blocking a bill by a departing senator from North Dakota intended to help abused Native American women says the measure is unfair to law enforcement.

Virginia Rep. Bob Goodlatte tells The Roanoke Times that he agrees with the intent of North Dakota Sen. Heidi Heitkamp's plan to improve the federal government's response to violence against American women. However, the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee says it hurts agencies that have no link to tribal communities and therefore cannot fulfill requirements for grants.

The Senate unanimously passed the initiative. With the House adjourned until further notice, the measure known as Savanna's Act will likely expire at the end of the year.

Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska has said she will reintroduce the bill when lawmakers return to Washington.

Information from: The Roanoke Times, http://www.roanoke.com

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