Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., scheduled a Friday session that won’t have any votes, rejecting Republican and Democratic requests that he allow a vote on a bill that would allow rape kits to be processed more quickly.
“Debbie Smith is an extraordinary woman and an effective advocate,” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., told the Washington Examiner. “She’s personally asked me, John Cornyn and others to pass this critically important legislation that bears her name, and it’s deeply disappointing that the majority leader is blocking it from reaching the president’s desk. I will fight to get this done for the sake of Debbie and sexual assault victims everywhere.”
Smith didn’t just persuade McConnell to push for the bill. Rep. Carolyn Maloney wanted the Senate to take up the bill when the House passed it earlier this week.
“I hope that this bill will quickly pass the Senate and become law,” Maloney, D-N.Y., said Monday on the House floor. “This is one of those rare bills that virtually guarantees that it will put real criminals behind bars and protect people more effectively from one of the most traumatic assaults imaginable: rape. The grants provided to states and local governments will allow them to significantly reduce or eliminate their backlogs.”
Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, asked Reid to allow a vote on the Debbie Smith Act Thursday evening when Reid called the senators to the floor in an attempt to confirm two judicial nominees, one of them somewhat controversial, before the Easter recess. Reid refused, saying that he would only allow a vote on a broader bill, the Justice For All Act, which contains the rape kit language, in addition to other legislation. read more>>> http://washingtonexaminer.com/harry-reid-blocks-republican-request-to-pass-bill-cracking-down-on-rapists/article/2547118