Skip to comments.House passes Violence Against Women Act after GOP version defeated
Posted on 02/28/2013 10:10:24 AM PST by Responsibility2nd
Washington (CNN) -- Struggling again with an issue important to women and minority groups, House Republicans on Thursday failed to pass their version of a new Violence Against Women Act and then split over a Senate version that won approval with unanimous Democratic support.
The votes reflected an emerging political reality in the GOP-led House, with a minority of Republicans joining Democrats to pass legislation supported by the public, including increasingly influential demographics such as Hispanic Americans.
By a vote of 166-257, the GOP version failed to win a majority after almost 90 minutes of debate. The House then voted 286-138 to pass the Senate version, with 87 Republicans joining all 199 Democrats to provide majority support.
Originally passed in 1994 and reauthorized since, the act provides support for organizations that serve domestic violence victims. Criminal prosecutions of abusers are generally the responsibility of local authorities, but the act stiffened sentences for stalking under federal law.
Supporters credit the act with sharply reducing the number of lives lost to domestic violence over the past two decades.
Last year, the House and Senate were unable to compromise on another extension of the act, with Republicans opposing Democratic attempts to specify inclusion of native Americans, undocumented immigrants and lesbian, transgender and bisexual women.
However, exit polling showed President Barack Obama won strong support among women and Latino voters in the November election that also strengthened the Democratic majority in the Senate and weakened the Republican majority in the House.
Republicans then changed their stance and agreed to bring up the measure in the new Congress as long as they could offer their own version.
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I don’t know all the details of this bill, but I understand the Senate version has some terrible parts to it. We need to understand what the House GOP version was...and if it was superior, identify who voted against it and determine who the problems are.
I don’t know what ever happened to the idea of each house passing a bill and going to conference committee, but it needs to be reestablished. Seems like our House is following the Obamacare model of only passing whatever comes out of the Senate...and that is nuts.
And we need to primary every last one of these RINO's next year...
Sold out yet again by spineless Republicans.
so laws already on the books never included women ,next it will be a law for every person by name ?
Oh yeah. "It's the pandering for votes, stupid."
The truth here is that it is NOT about violence against women but about protecting a sexual group as needing special rights, as would have not been the case in the Republican sponsored bill that was defeated.
The truth again, this isn't about violence but about punishing a group and protecting another group based upon sexuality.
They are not RINOs. They are Republicans...plain and simple. This is what the majority of the party has become.
Now now, 99% of all lawyers give the rest a bad name.
Nice job Republicans! Now all any illegal has to do is claim they experienced domestic violence sometime in their lives and they get an automatic golden ticket. I'm sure this provision won't be abused... /sarcasm
The Republicans have done this to us. They could have stopped it Now it is a Federal to yell at your wife or, indeed, if anyone who is a member of a protected minority feels abused or “dissed” by anyone else, that is now a federal crime.
Worst gov’t interference in families ever. Bad for women, bad for men, bad for children.
So instead of just enforcing existing assault laws onthe books we pass reams and reams of more new convoluted laws that are vague and easily abused by selective enforcement by government officials????
And we wonder WHY the Republic has been lost....
The Republicans have done this to us. They could have stopped it Now it is a Federal to yell at your wife or, indeed, if anyone who is a member of a protected minority feels abused or dissed by anyone else, that is now a federal crime.
So if I hate my Liberal boss I should annoy them until they snap at me and yell at me then I can get their voting rights taken away????
“but I understand the Senate version has some terrible parts to it. “
They'll do anything to escape the phony "war on women" and "racism" tags.
The VAWA, in effect, doesn’t really decrease violence against women. It’s unconstitutional and violates the rights of many conservatives—Second Amendment and others. Conservative family rights organizations estimated some 15 million adult American men and women violated, robbed and/or wrongfully incarcerated as of the late-’90s, including Dr. Emerson, put in federal prison for five years for possessing a firearm (in his office, IIRC) after being accused of domestic violence. A lower court decided to free him. A higher court decided to keep him in prison. The Supreme Court refused to hear his case.
It’s part of the reason Obama was elected and reelected. Many whose freedoms are violated by political fascists/socialists tend to reject politics and leave the polls to the debt-sucking mobs. Many who are prevented from producing (manufacturing, building, etc.) or whose property rights are violated do the same. Others simply see the wild extents to which government-funded salaries for deleterious offices climb.
It's about protecting ANYONE who's part of a left wing voting block.
There are no "special" protections because a person is white.
There are no "special" protections for Christians.
There are no "special" protections for heterosexuals.
There are no "special" protections for the tax paying class.
In fact, 2nd Amendment rights are even being debated for gun owners right now.
Only those from left wing voting blocks are given "special" rights. Even worse, the dumbass Republicans fall for this crap every time!! Have they ever came up with a bill that protects a right wing voting block? HUH? Anything????
The Republican "representatives" are DUMBASSES!
Mark Levin covered this yesterday. Under this law you can lose your right to own a gun because of something you said. Levin says Eric Cantor has to go.
Here’s the sad thing. WE, The People, have the ability to take the republic back. Not by elections, those are all fixed.