To the complete surprise of most of us, John Boehner, aka Agent Orange, caved-in on the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). He did so by allowing a few relatively sane Republicans to vote with all the Democrats, except one who was absent. Nevertheless, 138 Republicans voted for violence against women. I took names.
The House on Thursday gave final approval to a renewal of the Violence Against Women Act, sending a bipartisan Senate measure to President Obama after a House plan endorsed by conservatives was defeated.
The legislation passed on a vote of 286 to 138, with 199 Democrats joining 87 Republicans in support of the reauthorization of the landmark 1994 law, which assists victims of domestic and sexual violence. It amounted to a significant victory for the president and Congressional Democrats, who have assailed Republicans for months for stalling the legislation.
The successful measure passed the Senate last month with 78 votes — including those of every woman, all Democrats and just over half of Republicans… [emphasis added]
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Republicans say they had their own version of VAWA, but their version supported violence against Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender women, violence by citizens against undocumented women, and violence on reservations by non-natives against Native American women. I think they included these exceptions, because they knew such provisions would be poison pills for Democrats. Even, if I’m wrong, supporting violence against ANY women is a shameful continuation of the Republican War on Women.
Rachel Maddow discussed Republican InsaniTEA on this issue.
Here are are the filthy Republican misogynists who voted FOR violence against women.
I think Boehner was smart to cave-in, because publicity about it was hurting the party, and now that VAWA has passed, the media will push it out of the news cycle in short order. There is only one possible reason I can see for most Republicans to take the position they did. Most Republican politicians consider women to be chattel. They think women should be kept barefoot and pregnant.