So you're a rich male member of congress running for senate. Your opponent is a prominent female ex-prosecutor. You have a history of opposing legislation making sure domestic violence victims don't lose their insurance coverage because they were beaten by their spouse. You also never spoke out when one of your colleagues in the State Legislature plead guilty to domestic violence.
A bill comes along in Congress reauthorizing an anti-domestic violence law. What do you do?
Nothing of course!
That's where Rick Berg stands right now on the Violence Against Women Act.
According to KVLY, Rick Berg "won’t take a position on the bill until all the provisions are in place."
So Berg refuses to support legislation reauthorizing the VAWA until all its provisions are in place? Newsflash, Congressman! The law is already in place. This is a bill to extend the life of an existing law thats been on the books for nearly 20 years, having been reauthorized twice with bipartisan majorities and signed by Republican and Democratic presidents. What are you waiting for?
Rick Berg seems to have a problem supporting legislation protecting victims of domestic violence. As I mentioned earlier, Rick Bergvoted against a bill in 1995 when he was in the state legislature that would have made sure insurance companies could not deny battered victims coverage based on their abuse. His claim was that there were no cases of it occurring in the state, so it was pointless to pass such a bill.
Right, so we just need to wait for bad things to happen before we do things about them...governments shouldnt be proactive.
It seems for berg that not only shouldn't governments be proactive, but even when a state agency's head is charged with a felony we shouldn't do anything about it. It should take an initiated measure campaign to do something about it according to Rick Berg. Perhaps governments shouldn't do anything at all...
And let us not forget that Rick Berg was still a member of the legislature while his colleague David Weiler was arrested twice for and once plead guilty to domestic violence. What did we hear from the office of the former majority leader?
And that's also what we're hearing now...why? Afraid of appearing to come off as too biased towards the big battered women lobby?
As the video above makes abundantly clear, Heidi Heitkamp strongly supports VAWA. Support her here and help support a great Democrat to replace Kent Conrad.