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VAWA Reauthorization: Senators Introduce Bipartisan Bill That Corners House Republicans

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Congress failed to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act last year, a first since the law's inception in 1994. But Senate Democrats reintroduced their bipartisan bill this week, with a twist that makes it harder for House Republican leaders not to...

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Jae A (316)
Wednesday January 23, 2013, 2:38 pm
Smart move. One way to get the GOP to do something right for a change...or to look really over the top obstructionist.

Kit B (276)
Wednesday January 23, 2013, 2:42 pm

I agree with Leahy it is better to get 90-95% if you can. It does irritate me that there is any discussion about this re-approval of something that is just a replacement band aid for what should be an untouchable law.

Kit B (276)
Wednesday January 23, 2013, 2:43 pm

Equal Rights Amendment - we need only 3 states.

Angelika R (143)
Wednesday January 23, 2013, 3:07 pm
Very true what Kit says there, but yet this sounds like good news, thx Carrie.

Sue Matheson (79)
Wednesday January 23, 2013, 3:13 pm

Angelika R (143)
Wednesday January 23, 2013, 4:09 pm
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The Republicans have made their 2013 priorities pretty clear: block sensible gun safety laws. Make draconian cuts to education and Medicare. Repeal Obamacare and further restrict reproductive choice.

But protecting nearly 3 million depending on VAWA programs for their very lives? Not a single GOP cosponsor in the House thus far -- and just five in the Senate.

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Jason S (50)
Wednesday January 23, 2013, 5:49 pm
Good posting, thanks

Evelyn Z (300)
Wednesday January 23, 2013, 5:49 pm
Thanks Carrie

John B (185)
Wednesday January 23, 2013, 6:24 pm
Thanks Carrie for the link to the article by Jennifer Bendery. Great move on Leahy's part and I'm very encouraged and hope it gets through the Senate and the GOP in the House will for once do something right. @Kit, my State of Ohio passed the ERA. Would love to see Illinois, Indiana, and New Mexico pass it and that would make it a done deal. @ Angelika, Thanks for posting the link here but have already signed that one. Read and noted

P A (117)
Thursday January 24, 2013, 4:31 am
Signed - thanks Carrie - am full of disbelief at this situation - but glad that some people are trying to help it.

Carol H (229)
Thursday January 24, 2013, 4:54 am
noted, thank you Carrie

. (0)
Thursday January 24, 2013, 6:16 am
At least something's getting done for a change. It's embarrassing to watch elected officials who are supposedly educated and mature; acting like a bunch of vindictive children in a six year old's sandbox.
BTW Dave Reichert's a decent guy. You will remember him from the Green River task force.

Nancy M (169)
Thursday January 24, 2013, 9:51 am
Glad to hear that something is being done.

Maybe 2013 won't be the year of the war on woman after all.

Chris C (152)
Thursday January 24, 2013, 11:05 am
Good move on Leahy's part. Let's hope this gets done NOW!

Gene J (290)
Thursday January 24, 2013, 1:20 pm
"There's no blue slip question here," he told reporters after a Wednesday press conference. "So if [the U visa piece] is not there, let's pass all the rest of it. If I can get 90 to 95 percent of what I want, I'll take that and then fight for the other 5 percent."

Great tactic. Then let those republicans who failed so miserably last year in their nonstop war against women, just keep it up, go home and explain to their female constituents why their health and safety are so unimportant to them. All the gerrymandering in the world won't protect once the female half of our population ALL take off the rose colored glasses and recognize these misogynists for exactly who and what they are. They all ought be on therapists couches somewhere because it is perfectly obvious that they have serious "mommy" issues with women or they wouldn't hate them all so much.

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Thursday January 24, 2013, 6:11 pm

JL A (281)
Thursday January 24, 2013, 6:20 pm
May this move speedily

Lois Jordan (63)
Friday January 25, 2013, 4:38 pm
I've sent letters and signed petitions to both my disgusting GOP Sen's to pass this. What I'll just never understand is the fact that those in the GOP have moms, daughters, sisters....don't they care about them? Can't family members put some pressure on them to sign? Maybe they're all just "dutiful wives" who were told not to get mixed up in the "men's business."
Thanks for mentioning the E.R.A., Kit...yes, we desperately need to get it passed; timing is essential, and I think now is the time!

Elizabeth M (65)
Saturday January 26, 2013, 1:44 pm
Thanks for posting this article Carrie. In agreement with Kit, that this should be an untouchable law.
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