n response to accusations that he is to blame for stalling the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) continued his efforts on Wednesday to soften his and the Republican party's reputation with women.
"You know, I as a gentleman care very deeply about women in the abuse situation, that we need to get them the relief that this bill offers," Cantor said on the House floor in response to a question from Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) about the status of VAWA. "That's what we want to do, that's our priority, we must move and act on this bill."
The Senate is scheduled to vote on its version of VAWA on Tuesday, which includes protections for LGBT victims of domestic violence as well as Native American victims of violence by white men on tribal lands. The House has stayed mum on what it plans to do to move the bill forward, but the tribal provision appears to be the biggest sticking point for House Republicans.
"We want to protect the women who are subject to abuse on tribal lands, and unfortunately there are issues that don't directly bear on that that have come up, that have complicated it, as the gentleman knows," Cantor said. "But in working with his office as well as the vice president's, I hope to be able to deal with this and bring it up in a expeditious manner."
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee launched a new ad on Tuesdayaccusing Cantor of stalling last year's VAWA reauthorization and associating with "the Tea Party War on Women."