NOW with Alex Wagner | February 11, 2013
>>> you bundle, the more you save.
>> this afternoon the senate is expected to vote to renew the violence against women act , 2011 after the house and senate could not agree to new terms. there are signs, surprise, of discord in the house. disagreement in the lower chamber stems from new divisions in the senate bill which protect native americans , immigrants, and same-sex couples. these provisions were not included as part of the original legislation passed in 1994 . the main sticking point? house concerns about a section of the 218 page bill which would allow nonnative americans suspected of domestic violence on native lands to be tried in tribal courts. jake, ghost of congress future, is this going to pass? we have word from some in the house leadership basically saying this has been distilled to an issue of sovereignty. whether or not nonnatives can be tried in tribal courts, sovereign tribal courts. the supreme court , they say, has said that that is not constitutionally possible. the back and forth over this, it is -- is it enough to prevent this thing from passage?
>> we talked to probably 50 to 75,000 members a week. not one of them is talking about this. this is not an issue that the house republican conference is interested in. i mean, there might be segment that is want to get this passed, but this has been hang out here for a we're now. there's no real urgency in the house about this.
>> we heard back in the day there are rumors of the vice president and majority leader cantor working together on this.
>> eric cantor said on the house floor in his colloquy with hoyer last friday that he was in conversation with joe biden to fwet this thing resolved. joe biden said that's not the case. it's unclear to me where this stands. again, there's not real urgency. the state sovereignty is the issue that's holding this up. lgbt, immigrants, and native americans are the big sticking points, but john boehner and eric cantor said they're going to put bills through committee and do everything in a very transparent way. if they don't do that right now and if they craft a deal, they will be reneging on their first and only promise to congress.
>> at the same time this is the republican party that's trying to move forward and, like, remarket itself to women, people of color.
>> this is their chance.
>> this is their chance.
>> just the seam way after hurricane seasoned it was such an easy lay-up to look great, with the bill there. especially if you look, again, our -- we're changing so much -- women are everywhere now. look at the senate.
>> they are. there are two of them here.
>> look at the ceos. look at the halls of congress. i mean, everywhere around you. this is kind of a no-brainer. i mean, it's really ridiculous.
>> it compounds the problem. the house republican conference has one female committee chair, one woman in leadership, i bunch of women from new york, sandy adams, who is responsible in a public way for the bill last time that have been swept out of office. this is a party that's struggling not just legislatively, but in a public relations sense with women. getting this done, as you said, would probably go in helping that problem, and they can't seem to get it done after a year.
>> let me say it's not really particularly good when you have tom cole saying to the "new york times" let's just talk politics. this will pass the senate. the president is for it, and we're holding up the domestic violence bill that should be retune because you don't want to help native women who are the most vulnerable over a philosophical point. tom cole has an r in front of the state aabbreviation for oklahoma. he is a republican. unfortunately, have to leave it there, but thank you -- i know. i'm sorry, jon.
>> i had a point. next time.
>> there's always next time. thank you to ari, jake, lee, and jonathan. that's all for