Republican’s War On Women
The Violence Against Women Act was passed in the Senate by a resounding vote of 78-22. The senior body added provisions to protect Native Americans, Immigrants, and gay and lesbians. The next step is for the House to pass the version which has consistently been renewed since its original passing in 1994.
Republicans in the House, displaying a continued attitude of racism and bigotry, submitted their own version of the bill, all but eliminating the Senate provisions. Once again Boehner is showing his inability to lead his children. The Republican members of the House are so divided, that even though they were all elected under the Republican Banner, most show little resemblance to the GOP.
“Next week, the House of Representatives plans to revert back to its partisan version of the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act,” Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy said in a statement. “The Republican House leadership has decided to replace the Senate-passed version with a substitute that will not provide critical protections for rape victims, domestic violence victims, human trafficking victims, students on campuses, or stalking victims. This is simply unacceptable and it further demonstrates that Republicans in the House have not heard the message sent by the American people and reflected in the Senate’s overwhelming vote earlier this month to pass the bipartisan Leahy-Crapo bill. A majority of Republican Senators — and every woman serving in the United States Senate — supported it.”
This “do nothing even if it’s right” group of unproductive men are making an ineffective government worse. I question the judgment and intellect of those who voted for them.
Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA), a leadership member and prominent VAWA advocate, declared that “House Republican leadership just doesn’t get it” and that the added protections for women “are not bargaining chips … to appease the far right in their party.”
“This partisan bill is a non-starter in the Senate,” Murray said. “It’s time for moderate Republicans in the House to step up and finally force their leadership to stop ignoring the calls of women across the country. … Until then, the leadership in the House will continue to be the only thing standing between 30 million women and the VAWA protections they deserve.”
Democrats are in a very favorable position. The November election proved that women favor Democrat ideas over their rival Republicans. The 2014 mid-terms will likely have female voters punishing the GOP.
I should remind the right side of the aisle: Women pay attention to what happens in Washington. They are no longer the wives you once had who stayed at home changing diapers, cooking your meals, and watching soap operas.
Columnist-The Guardian Express