While Fourth District Congressman Steve King weighs his decision to run for Tom Harkin's U.S. Senate seat, his potential competitor Iowa Congressman Bruce Braley has already begun his attack.
Braley, who represents Iowa's First District, including Cedar Falls, called him out for voting against the senate version of the Violence Against Women Act, according to a report in the Des Moines Register.
Braley tweeted “#VAWA passes House overwhelmingly>280 votes. A good day on the House floor. 3 Iowans voted “yes.” 1 voted “no.” Any Guesses?”
King said he supported the House version of the bill and released the following statement after his vote:
"Although I am concerned that this bill was brought to the floor in a manner that undermined work done by the Judiciary Committee, I understand the importance of reauthorizing VAWA to ensure its resources are available to help fight domestic abuse and sexual assault," said King. "I supported this legislation because I know how important it is to empower women in difficult situations. If a woman is at risk, she should know that she has a place to turn for support and assistance. I supported VAWA in 2005, 2012, and today I voted in support of the House version to see that victims of domestic violence and sexual assault have access to the resources and protection when they need it the most."
King also said at the opening of his Ames office on Friday that he didn't agree with a few clauses of the house version that pertained to Native Americans and foreigners, according to the Iowa Republican.
King hasn't said he will run for Harkin's seat; however Braley has already announced that he intends to run.