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Will Republicans Kill The Violence Against Women Act?

Will Republicans Kill The Violence Against Women Act?

Republicans will get another opportunity to prove just how anti-woman their party has become this week as Senate Democratic lawmakers plan to bring the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) renewal up for debate and vote before Friday when lawmakers adjourn for a week-long recess.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has filed a cloture petition on the legislation so Democrats can take it up immediately after finishing postal reform legislation.

For the first time in the history of the landmark legislation VAWA faces opposition from a Republican party that takes exception to protecting immigrant women and the LGBT community from domestic violence.

Republicans are scrambling to come up with some alternative legislation that allows them to suggest they don’t truly oppose domestic violence protections but so far haven’t been able to actually draft a bill. Absent an alternative Republicans will either have to filibuster the bill or break ranks and actually support it.

Every Republican in the Judiciary Committee voted against he bill in February.

“It’s my real hope that we’ll be able to get this bill and get through some intransigence on the other side and get it reauthorized,” said Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.), Friday. Coons’s predecessor, Vice President Joe Biden, is the author of the law.

Sen. Patty Murray (Wash.), the highest-ranking member of the Senate Democratic leadership, and Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) held a press conference last week to highlight Republican opposition to the legislation. “It really is a shame, I think, that we’ve gotten to this point that we’ve gotten to this point that we even have to stand here today to urge our colleagues on the other side of the aisle to support legislation that has consistently received broad bipartisan support,” Murray said, noting that former President George W. Bush signed the reauthorization in 2006.

If Republicans successfully kill the legislation it will give Democratic lawmakers plenty to talk about with constituents at home. They can add it to the list of the anti-contraception, anti-pay equity and now anti-domestic violence platform of the modern day GOP.

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9:41PM PDT on May 11, 2013

They don't have any respect for women at all!
I feel sorry for the wives!
The women will get them at the POLLS!!!
There are a LOT OF WOMEN!

7:37PM PDT on May 7, 2013

Congress passed it, and I believe the Republicans have been so reviled of late for misogyny that they realized they must pass the bill.

5:28AM PDT on Mar 21, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

4:41AM PDT on Jun 6, 2012

I must say it's slightly unfortunately named - the "Violence Against Women Act" sounds like it's encouraging violence rather than trying to prevent it. I know it's not intentionally that way, but ... yeah. Still, the name aside, it needs to be enforced.

10:17PM PDT on Apr 25, 2012

Women need to wake up and start standing up or we will have no rights left if the GOP can push through their agenda against women.

12:55PM PDT on Apr 25, 2012

Why wouldn't they? It's right up their despicable alley.

11:33AM PDT on Apr 25, 2012

Is the GOP so Anti-Obama they do stuff like this? That only makes Obama look good. If someone tries to pull this, let's just say that women can fight too ask the Apache in Vietnam ( a skilled female sniper that took our best sniper to take out) and ask Lyudmila Pavlichenko (a female Russian sniper in WWII) what she would do if someone threatened her.

11:14AM PDT on Apr 25, 2012

At this moment, I'd just advise every woman in America to buy herself a gun and be ready to do something very silly if the Republicans get anywhere near the Whitehouse.

5:55AM PDT on Apr 25, 2012

Beth K

It's not my fault that your IQ is in the single digit.

4:03AM PDT on Apr 25, 2012

I don't put it beyond them.

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