Al Franken cries on Senate floor [VIDEO]

Al Franken got emotional on the Senate floor today while speaking on behalf of reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act.

Franken broke down while recalling the late Sheila Wellstone's vision of an America where women who are fleeing domestic violence don't have to worry about becoming homeless.

Speaking of the Wellstones' life in public service, Franken said: "It's about helping others. It's about giving a voice to those who otherwise might go unheard. It's about making the law more just and more fair."

Sheila's "legacy is with us, and her words are with us," Franken added, noting her work at domestic violence shelters.

Here's the video:

And here's a transcript of Franken's remarks:

Once a woman becomes homeless, she becomes even more vulnerable to physical or sexual abuse. In my state, nearly one in three homeless women is fleeing domestic violence, and half of those women have children with them...

That's not the world Sheila Wellstone envisioned. Nobody should have to choose between safety and shelter.

While the link between violence and homelessness is undeniable, it is not unbreakable. We need shelters and transitional housing programs for women who are fleeing danger. The [Violence Against Women Act] reauthorization provides continued support for those programs.

According to Politico, earlier today, the GOP's Senate leadership held a news conference announcing that their 47-member caucus wouldn't filibuster renewal of the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, although some Republicans wanted to water down new Democratic provisions in the bill that would cover same-sex couples, undocumented immigrants, and Native American women.

Said Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky: "We're all in favor of the Violence Against Women Act ... there's nothing to fight about."

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