Nothing should be more clearly non-partisan than protecting women from violence. Opposing such a basic sentiment could not be more overtly shameful. Nevertheless, that is exactly what eight Republican Senators have done.
Eight Senators on Monday voted not to consider the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, a bill that protects victims of domestic violence. The Senators who voted against moving to debate on the bill were: Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX), Mike Lee (R-UT), Tim Scott (R-SC), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Mike Johanns (R-NE), Rand Paul (R-KY), Pat Roberts (R-KS), and James Risch (R-ID).
VAWA’s reauthorization has been caught up in partisan gridlock over added provisions that would protect undocumented immigrants, as well as LGBT and Native American victims of domestic violence. Congress failed to reauthorize the bill by the end of 2012, and the Senate is now considering the same legislation again, in its new legislative session… [emphasis added]
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These Republicans claim to object, because the bill includes protection for undocumented immigrants, LGBT, and Native American women.
Frankly, that’s absurd. If a woman happens to be undocumented, lesbian, or Native American, does that make violence against her OK? Hell. no! Nevertheless, in support of their own racism and bigotry, these Republicans would deny protection to all women.