Senate Majority PAC, a Democratic group affiliated with allies of Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, accused Republican Sen. Joni Ernst of not "serving the needs of domestic violence victims" despite the Iowa Republican herself being a victim of domestic violence.
Ernst worked with Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein on a bipartisan Violence Against Women Act, but the efforts fell apart, and Senate Democrats now back their own version. House Democrats previously passed a version of the bill, but it has stalled in the Republican-controlled Senate.
Ernst does not support the Democrats' bill because she said it would retroactively and improperly apply restrictions on those convicted of domestic violence or stalking from owning firearms. And she accused Schumer of blocking her bipartisan efforts in order to hurt her 2020 reelection chances, according to Radio Iowa.