Thursday, February 28, 2013

WATCH: Rep. Schweikert Upset With GOP Leadership's VAWA Handling

Arizona Rep. David Schweikert (R-CD6) took to the House floor this afternoon to express his "great frustration" with his party's leadership and how they handled the Violence Against Women Act proceedings today.

Over the weekend, it looked like the House GOP leadership was going to allow a vote on an alternative that would have addressed the Tribal Court jurisdiction loophole.  Schweikert notes that Reps. Darrell Issa and Tom Cole had worked on it with Native American courts - it had gone to a vote last year - and that Schweikert had worked with the "sophisticated" Salt River-Pima Maricopa Indian Community on it.

His "great frustration" was evident in this one-minute speech, and he was gaveled almost as soon as his alloted minute had expired.  (Of course, Schweikert has been frustrated with his party's leadership before.)

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