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GOP Candidate Says She’s ‘Not Sure’ What Violence Against Women Act Is About

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ST. LOUIS (CBS St. Louis) – Senate candidate Sarah Steelman was quoted recently as saying she was not familiar with the Violence Against Women Act, a piece of anti-domestic violence legislation presently stalled for reauthorization in the institution she hopes to join.

In a video posted by YouTube user MissouriDems, Steelman is seen talking with an unidentified male voter. When he asks her about the Act, she hesitates for a moment before responding.

“I’m not sure what that is because I’m not serving right now,” she replies, adding that she had “not really” heard about it.

The video was uploaded Monday, April 23. The Violence Against Women Act first came to be in 1994 and has a history of bipartisan support.

Presently, it is up again for a five-year renewal, with funding of $659.3 million per year needed. It has 61 sponsors – including eight Republicans – but other GOP senators have voiced opposition to parts of the legislation.

Steelman, the former state treasurer, is going up against incumbent Claire McCaskill (D-MO) for the seat.

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