The Republican resistance to this bill is maddening:

The Violence Against Women Act reauthorization passed through the Senate on Tuesday afternoon, by a vote of 78 to 22. Of those opposing the legislation, all 22 were Republican men. Every female Senator supported the bill.

Among the most notable votes against the bill were Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL).

VAWA expired during the previous Congress, and because of Republican opposition to provisions for Native American, undocumented, and LGBT victims of domestic violence, the different versions approved by the House and by the Senate were never reconciled, and the bill died without final passage at the end of 2012.

Since its inception in 1994, VAWA has established a system for helping women in danger. The law created the National Domestic Violence Hotline, made stalking illegal, and helped drive down the number of partner homicides.

[…] The version passed by the Senate today will next go to the House for a vote, where it is expected to encounter some difficulties, particularly over the protections of tribal women included in the bill.

3 Responses to Assholes

  1. Ron February 12, 2013 at 5:54 pm #

    I guess it’s not a Republican ‘war on women.’ It’s a Republican men’s war on women.

  2. mjames February 12, 2013 at 6:38 pm #

    A victim of domestic violence is a victim of domestic violence, regardless of immigration status, place of residence, or sexual orientation. Come on, fellas, how hard is that to understand? They are so pathetic, these manly men, as they flail about looking for some reason (reason?) to oppose any legislation that has a Dem backing.

  3. quixote February 12, 2013 at 10:48 pm #

    If there weren’t enough voters to elect those depraved Senators, the jerks wouldn’t be there. The people who give those Senators air are the one who make me mad.

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