Senate Presses House GOP On VAWA

Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt) pressed Republicans on their inability to unite behind renewal of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) this week.

Leahy, the lead author of the Senate’s bill, along with Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) sent a bipartisan letter to House Speaker John Boenher urging him to bring up the Senate-passed bill. The House passed its own version of the legislation last month, but that version dramatically rolls back domestic violence protections and fails to include key provisions to protect immigrant women and members of the LGBT community from domestic violence.

“Saving the lives of victims of domestic violence should be above politics.  Yet politics seem to have gotten in the way of House passage of the bipartisan Senate Violence Against Women (VAWA) Reauthorization Act,” Leahy and Murkowski wrote to Boehner. “We cannot afford to let another day go by.  We urge you to swiftly allow for an up-or-down vote in the House on the Senate’s bipartisan VAWA Reauthorization Act.”

House Republicans have made it clear they have no intention on expanding any sort of domestic violence protections, despite overwhelming support for VAWA renewal. Much like their radical anti-abortion platform that is dressed up as “protecting” women, their opposition to VAWA renewal is disturbing in the vision it perpetuates.

Domestic violence is not a partisan issue, nor is extending protections to all those impacted by it a matter of anything other than humane politics. Speaker Boehner and his minions in the House need to clearly and specifically answer to the American people as to why they believe only a small slice of domestic violence victims deserve protection and why House Republicans are comfortable embracing and enabling abusers.

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Photo from Keith Allison via flickr.


Sue H
Sue H2 years ago

Thanks for re posting this article. Shame still and yet upon our lawmakers.

Duane B.
.6 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Beth Davis
Beth D7 years ago

The GOP now is comprised of nothing more than scared men, whiney, sniffling Boehner, the leader of the pack,(wink,wink) along with Cantor. Mcconnell on the other side, still they all run for cover behind each other. If a women dares to stand up to them - they bar her from speaking. Isn't that a form of treason against the american people? They are NOT acting in anyone's best interest except their own !

Bill Eagle
Bill E7 years ago

The house GOP refuses to renew the Violence against women act, and still they deny that they are waging a war against women?

Carl Oerke
Carl O7 years ago

It is unlikely that the House will take up the VAWA. If they upstruct, weaken or cause it to fail they will be playing into the Republican War Against Women negativity so close toe the election. So Boehner golf club in hand will putt the decision down the road to a later date.

Susan C.
Susan Curtis7 years ago

Republicans want men who beat and rape women to be able to do so with impunity. I agree with the parallel drawn to 1930's Germany and the tea party. If these lowlives are allowed to, they will bring about a culture like that in the novel, "A Handmaid's Tale" by Nora Atwood.

Lang L.
Lang L.7 years ago

Paula, the Republican War on Women, Poor People and, the Planet we live on are real and frightening in their scope. Their love affair with corporations and their ill-gotten moneys, to the exclusion of the rights of citizens who are their real constituents, are exactly how Hitler started out in Germany,

Thomas M.
Thomas Myers7 years ago

Listen, you son of a bitch, as an elected official of this country, one thing that you do not have the right to do is ignore the needs of your constituents. Please, please, please people, stop voting for these worthless assholes.

Diane Lindberg
Diane L7 years ago

Does any one remember that all men are created equal - Republicans must take that literally. Women don't count -just MEN!!

Cynthia T.
C T7 years ago

The GOP only sides with corporations. Period.