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Boehner, Cantor Kill Decades-Old Violence Against Women Act

by David Badash on January 3, 2013

in News,Politics

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Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) and Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) killed the decades-old Violence Against Women Act  yesterday when — like the Hurricane Sandy victims aid bill — they refused to bring the bill to the floor for a vote. Yesterday was the last day of the 112th Congress, so any bills not passed will have to start from scratch. The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), created in 1994, has always been renewed in a no-muss, no-fuss bipartisan manner — until now. The U.S. Senate expanded the bill last spring to include protections for immigrants, lesbian and trans women, and Native Americas, so Republicans balked, refusing for months to vote on the bill. Now, state and local governments will see resources to protect women disappear, literally overnight.

“Back in April, the Senate approved VAWA reauthorization fairly easily, with a 68 to 31 vote. The bill was co-written by a liberal Democrat (Vermont’s Pat Leahy) and a conservative Republican (Idaho’s Mike Crapo), and seemed on track to be reauthorized without much of a fuss, just as it was in 2000 and 2005,” Steve Benen at the MaddowBlog reports:

But House Republicans insisted the bill is too supportive of immigrants, the LGBT community, and Native Americans — and they’d rather let the law expire than approve a slightly expanded proposal. Vice President Biden, who helped write the original law, tried to persuade House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) to keep the law alive, but the efforts didn’t go anywhere.

In December, “10 House Republicans signed a letter authored by Rep. Gwen Moore (D-Wis.) and other Democrats urging House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) to take up and pass a VAWA bill that covers all victims of domestic violence — much like the bill that passed the Senate — before Congress gavels out for the year,” the Huffington Post had reported.

Eric Cantor is seen by some as the major road block of the bill, especially opposed to the Native Americans protections.

“The standoff over including VAWA protections for Native American women comes at a time of appallingly high levels of violence on tribal lands,” Jennifer Bendery at the Huffington Post reported last month:

One in three Native American women have been raped or experienced attempted rape, the New York Times reported in March, and the rate of sexual assault on Native American women is more than twice the national average. President Barack Obama has called violence on tribal lands “an affront to our shared humanity.”

Of the Native American women who are raped, 86 percent of them are raped by non-Native men, according to an Amnesty International report. That statistic is precisely what the Senate’s tribal provision targets.

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BJLincoln January 3, 2013 at 10:40 am

This should not be a surprise. The GOP have made it clear they do not understand nor want to understand any women's issues. They don't like women or believe we are smart enough to take care of ourselves.
It's a damn shame that we have to list every kind and race of women to have protections. How about ALL women. Str8, lesbian, transgender, any color, any religion, from anywhere.
Bone head is a racist, homophobic, misogynistic pig that comes from my home state full of people just like him.
Men can't seem to control themselves and we have to pay the price for it. A woman would have NEVER let this happen.

Serenifly January 3, 2013 at 11:28 am

It's idiotic that the bill had a sunset clause to begin with.

James_M_Martin January 3, 2013 at 11:53 pm

OK, I could be real ad hominem about it and point out what sad-assed geeks these two are, Erik Kantor and John Beaner. One is the prissiest thing since Clifton Webb, with a mini-bouffant do, pouty lips, and a voice that sounds like chalk on a board: when he's storming out of the House, he looks around to make sure the cameras are on, then flashes his customary smirk. During interviews his high, nasal, adenoidal voice carries a certain fey, almost effeminate intonation. The other guy, the speaker, obviously over-indulges in the hooch, he has the wet eyes and the jowly near-slobber, all of which are exacerbated by frequent fits of weeping. Taken together they're the Tweedly Dum and Tweedly Dee of a political party that keeps telling potential members, as did the Mad Hatter and March Hare: "No room! No room!" This time, though, they're saying it to everyone except angry rich white men.

tacitus January 4, 2013 at 4:45 am

Perhaps we should reform the rules for committees and speaker of the house. Progressives are up in arms about the filibuster–something that any senator may do, and which can be overriden by the rest of the senate, even if it takes more people than usual–but who’s talking about the Hastert rule? The majority has enough power by virtue of being the majority.

Diogenes_Arktos January 4, 2013 at 9:43 pm

It looks like the House leadership forgot that the "rape representatives" were defeated in the election.

Microcosm81 January 5, 2013 at 2:13 am

Something has got to give especial with that six man gang rape in India.

Tell Your Attorney Generals in each city and state that we are warning all shit disturbing twerps, punks, menaces, drunks, bigots…If this happens to me, I will filet my attacker in 50 pieces and send each piece to the Secretary of each state.

Secretary of State Office Web Sites for All U.S. States and Territories

Tell Every Attorney General We Are Tired Of Being Human Battering Instruments

Put An End To The Child Abduction Epidemic In The USA
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These mean misogynist men don't care what happens to women. Why else is the violence against women NOT A PRIORITY?

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