Sen. Murkowsk Commits to Re-introduce Savanna’s Act Early in the 116th Congress

Sen. Lisa Murkowski

Published December 27, 2018

WASHINGTON ― After retiring Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) stopped a House vote on Savanna’s Act, Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) has committed to re-introduce legislation again in the Senate.

Named of Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind from North Dakota who was brutally murdered in North Dakota last year, the legislation aims to address the epidemic of Native American women and girls who experience violence in their lives, especially on Indian reservations in the United States.

Originally, introduced by Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, Savanna’s Act was passed unanimously in the Senate earlier this month. When it got to the House for consideration, Goodlatte would not allow it to reach the House floor for a vote. Calls into his congressional proved fruitless and it is still anyone’s guess why he held up this legislation.

“I’ve committed to Sen. Heitkamp that this priority that she has helped to advance, I am going to encourage every step of the way, aggressively and early,” Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), according to an audio recording provided by Murkowski’s office on Wednesday.

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