South Carolina House Overrides Haley Veto Of Domestic Assault Funds


Lawmakers in South Carolina appear united against Gov. Nikki Haley (R) and her draconian view of how government should best serve its citizens.

The House voted unanimously to override Haley’s veto of $454,000 to support rape crisis centers around the state. The 111-0 vote would restore money to be distributed to the 15 nonprofits that last year helped 5,000 victims according to reports.

The matter now moves to the Senate to hold its own vote.

Lawmakers said they were especially upset by the language Haley used in her veto, in particular statements that spending on domestic violence and sexual assault prevention programs were a “distraction” from the public health agency’s larger mission.

Even Republican lawmakers wouldn’t go that far. Rep. Joan Brady (R-Columbia) said specifically that providing services to survivors of rape are a priority, not a distraction.

The House also unanimously overrode $100,000 for a nonprofit that serves sickle cell patients.

Could this be a sign that some sanity is returning to the GOP? Let’s hope so.


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Dale Overall

How can help for abused women possibly be seen as a "distraction?" Such a pathetic outlook on issues that are a key priority when it comes to victims of crime and violence.

Joyce M.
Joyce Morris3 years ago

For many years, I have wanted to see more women in positions of power, but, dear God, not women like Haley and her ilk. These far right wing twits are often vicious, rarely reasonable. Wouldn't it be wonderful if sanity returned to the Republican party?

Teresa Wlosowicz
Teresa W.3 years ago

Well said, Patricia!

Patricia M.
Patricia M.3 years ago

This female governor is not the only woman in a political position going against any assistance for women, or are going for birth control bans, abortion bans, &, in the non-human living being catagories are favoring putting down healthy bullie dogs who it has been proven did not a darn thing wrong, just going against human freedoms in America, by issuing death senteneces for pitbull type canines. In my way of thinking, none of these women in politics has any rights to go against their own gender. Being a Republican politician is like being part of a murder cult...

They are far more violent than any animal, or female citizen in this country... Politics & church should be banned from making private decisions & should also keep their noses out of what folks care to call a furry kid & own...

Arild Warud
Arild Warud3 years ago

Good news so far.

Stephanie Hungerford

I am so glad that those much needed places are getting funding, along with the sickle cell place. Even though I am not affected by sickle cell I know how important pain management and certain testing is in the treatment of those with the issues

Lyn B.
Lyn B.3 years ago

I didn't think that anyone would go against her or the crazy GOP fringe that wants to gut anything and everything that makes women's lives even the littlest bit easier or better so good for them!

Mari Garcia
Mari Garcia3 years ago

And she is a woman....such a disgrace. I guess she never had the heart-to-heart, like so many of us have had, with another woman about sexual/physical abuse they had endured.

Marie W.
Marie W.3 years ago

Signs of sanity??!!

John B.
John B.3 years ago

Thanks Steve for the article. "Could this be a sign that some sanity is returning to the GOP?). We can hope so but I doubt it.