Author: Tammy Ayer, Yakima Herald

A letter to leaders of the U.S. House of Representatives urges action on legislation to address the crisis of missing and murdered Indigenous women before Congress breaks for its August recess.

Initiated by U.S. Rep. Dan Newhouse, the bipartisan letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy requests legislation such as H.R. 2733, Savanna’s Act, and H.R. 2438, the Not Invisible Act, be brought before the full House of Representatives for consideration this month.

Both pieces of bipartisan legislation passed unanimously in the House Judiciary Committee in March.

Dated Friday, the letter is signed by Torres and Haaland along with Don Young, R-Arkansas; Ruben Gallego, D-Arizona; Tom Cole, R-Oklahoma; Pete Stauber, R-Minnesota; Kelly Armstrong, R-Idaho; Doug LaMalfa, R-California; Markwayne Mullin, R-Oklahoma; Greg Gianforte, R-Montana; and Russ Fulcher, R-Idaho.

All who signed represent congressional districts impacted by unsolved murder cases or missing person reports from Native communities, the letter says.

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