A bill intended to improve resources when it comes to finding missing Native American women may have new life.
Savanna’s Act, introduced and unanimously passed in the Senate by outgoing Senator Heidi Heitkamp looked as though it was done for.
According to the Washington Post, an outgoing Republican Congressman blocked the bill in the House.
Not allowing it to come to a vote.
But now, one of Senator Heitkamp’s allies in the U.S. Senate says she will take up the bill.
The Post reports Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski will reintroduce the legislation and that she has made a commitment to Senator Heitkamp to see it through.
In a statement Heitkamp said quote “I know Senator Murkowski and many others in the new Congress will continue to carry on this important mantle and I’ll continue to be a vocal advocate.”
The House is currently adjourned until further notice so it appears no action will be taken until the new Congress is sworn in January 3rd.
The bill is named after Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind, a 22-year-old pregnant woman killed by a woman who wanted to abduct her baby.
Here is Senator Heidi Heitkamp’s full statement:
“It’s disappointing that one Republican member of Congress blocked Savanna’s Act from passing this year. But fortunately, Rep. Goodlatte won’t be around to block it in the new Congress. I’ve talked with Sen. Murkowski about Savanna’s Act and I’m so proud that she will reintroduce my bill in the new year. She is currently the lead Republican on the bill and she and I have worked closely together over the past six years to support tribal communities, starting with my first bill in the Senate to create a Commission on Native a Children, which became law in 2016. We have made great strides over the past several years to stand up for Native American families and children and protect them from violence. I know Sen. Murkowski and many others in the new Congress will continue to carry on this important mantle and I’ll continue to be a vocal advocate. We need to stand up and fight injustice to make real change — that’s what I’ve been working to do to stop the crisis of missing and murdered indigenous women, and I know we can soon get Savanna’s Act across the finish line.”