by Meredith Shiner, The Hill
Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) today announced eight conferees to negotiate a final deal on reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act, which both chambers passed in varying forms this spring.
Boehner said in a statement that Reps. Sandy Adams (Fla.), Mary Bono Mack (Calif.), Trey Gowdy (S.C.), Nan Hayworth (N.Y.), Cathy McMorris Rodgers (Wash.), Shelley Moore Capito (W.Va.) and Jim Sensenbrenner (Wis.) and House Judiciary Chairman Lamar Smith (Texas) will represent House Republicans in haggling for an agreement. The major differences between the broader, bipartisan bill approved by the Senate in April and the House bill approved in May are added protections for the gay and transgender community and for immigrants and undocumented women. [MORE]