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31 GOP Men Don’t Think Domestic Abuse Victims Deserve Protection

31 GOP Men Don’t Think Domestic Abuse Victims Deserve Protection

The Senate finally voted to renew the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) despite months of partisan wrestling over just who was deserving enough to be protected from domestic abuse.

In the end the renewal easily cleared the Senate on a 68-31 vote. 15 Republicans joined all members of the Democratic caucus in voting yes. Notably, the 31 Republicans who voted against renewing VAWA are all men.

The bill now heads to the House where Republicans are working on their own version of the bill. So far the major differences include further limiting the number of visas granted to immigrant women who are the victims of domestic abuse, striking any specific protections for gays, lesbians and transgender people, and permitting tribal authorities to go to federal court for protective orders on behalf of abused American Indian women. The Democratic version that passed the Senate expands the power of tribal officials to handle cases of abuse of Indian women by non-Indians.

“Today’s strong bipartisan vote will give law enforcement agencies the tools they need to prosecute and convict the perpetrators of these heinous crimes, and will help victims get the protection and support they need,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said in a statement after the vote.

Debate around the bill had become so fierce and so divisive that at one point Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) a fierce advocate for stronger domestic abusive protections broke down and started crying in his testimony in support of the bill.

The House is expected to vote on their version next month.

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6:44AM PST on Dec 17, 2013

I THINK THE MEN IN CONGRESS THAT DO NOT WANT TO PROTECT DOMESTIC VIOLENCE VICTIMS HERE IS SUGGESTIONS.
1. THEY SHOULD DIVORCE THEIR WIVES BECAUSE THEY DON'T CARE ABOUT THEM. 2. THE MEN SHOULD LOSE THEIR PARENTAL RIGHTS FOR THEIR CHILDREN, BECAUSE, IF THEY GET HURT BECAUSE THE DADS ARE ANGRY THE CHILDREN ARE GONE ANYWAY WITH SOCIAL SERVICE. THE MEN SHOULD TAKE A LOOK AT THMESELVES AND SAY AM I A GENTLEMAN OR A BADMAN THAT HURTS PEOPLE THEY LOVE.

5:26AM PDT on May 8, 2013

Don H thank you for listing the 31. Unfortunately, but not surprisingly, both my Senators are on it.

5:27AM PDT on Mar 21, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

7:36PM PDT on Aug 20, 2012

" Notably, the 31 Republicans who voted against renewing VAWA are all men."

+++++++++++++ There are probably a few women here who'd vote against it. Brainwashed and obedient...they do as they're told!

I'm happy to read that 15 of the Republicans crossed the aisle and did the right thing.

7:34PM PDT on Aug 20, 2012

resembling that from anyone. As for you, with your attitude, I would suggest you see a Dr. for treatment of your malady: Rectal-Cranial inversion before it becomes terminal.

7:30PM PDT on Aug 20, 2012

Stanley, Think before you make generalizations such as you just did so as to leave a doubt of how much of an idiot you sound. I AM a CONSERVATIVE member of the GOP & like any group of over one, there are differences across the board. I have driven 3 hr one way to pick up a female w/her children having to shell out almost $200 to rent a van so we could pick up her things too. All because her choice of men (who by the way voted for Obama) was not the best. Rented a bobtail to move a woman one time when her 'housemate' made what I interpreted as 'credible' threats to her life. Have transported several to safe havens when they almost waited too long. Have personally put myself at risk when the situation deteriorated in my presence by stepping between them. People are people regardless of affiliation. Each of the travel/moving situations, I recruited like minded individuals to accompany me. DO NOT try to roll me into your mold. I have gay friends/family that I will stand in front of anyone & announce it. Any humanoid presence (notice I did NOT say man as I consider them beneath me) that tries to harm a woman, animal, child, or just weaker being, will find they have to contend with me before they get to them & I will not be asking which party they support, whether they consider themselves liberal or conservative, or any other non essential criteria before I step in. I grew up being bullied every day, beat on most of them, and I will not condone any type of action rese

1:52PM PDT on Aug 20, 2012

It's AL GOP believe women domestic abuse victims do not need protection. GOP ideology women belong to men. Women deserve what their men do to them. This is fundamental to conservative regressive ideology. Never vote GOP women, vote Obama for 2012.

7:27PM PDT on Jul 4, 2012

EXCUSE ME??? Victims of Domestic Abuse do not deserve protection? I've been there and it is scary as all get out. One of thes GOP Repubs needs to live looking over their shoulder to see who is stalking them or if someone you fear is going to bust into your home and kill you while you sleep.

President Obama needs to help the Domestic Violated and all victims of abuse needs to lobby to impeach each & every darn Repubican in Congress... Where did this Pact Against Females come from, are these insane politicians a throwback to Cavemen or are some anti-women cult? Did they all forget that they were born of women, every last one unfortunately...

11:26PM PDT on Jul 3, 2012

they probably are abusers themselves. It would be interesting to see how their children are doing now they are out of the house.

2:27AM PDT on May 20, 2012

I was once a victim of domestic violence but I was lucky enough to have a strong network of family and friends that were able to help me. Many women don't have this and without protection from laws, they often have nowhere to turn. Women need protection from violent partners and family members. Pity the GOP don't think so.

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