The measure to reauthorize VAWA failed last year amid House GOP resistance to expanding coverage to abused LGBT, undocumented immigrant and tribal populations.
"Absolutely it doesn't matter what your background is as a victim," said Ayotte, a former prosecutor. "I am hopeful that the Senate will take this up very quickly, that the House in turn will pass it quickly, and we will make sure the Violence Against Women Act is re-authorized."
Both the House and Senate versions of the legislation unveiled Wednesday omits a provision to increase the number of U Visas available for abused illegal immigrants. House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) last year refused to take up the Senate bill, observing that the Constitution requires legislation that raises revenues to originate in the House.
"We took that out so there's no blue slip question here. They said that was [the reason they didn't take it up]," said Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT), the chief sponsor of VAWA. He said he believes that "there is a strong willingness to move forward" in the House.
Boehner's spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The re-authorization passed the Senate with 68 votes last year but stalled in the lower chamber after House Republicans approved their own scaled-back version on a party line vote. Now the pressure is back on and the omission of the visa component deprives them of an escape route.
"We're going to get it done," said Crapo.