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Rep. Gwen Moore (D-WI) fought to improve the
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The House passed the Republican version of the Violence Against Women Act reauthorization by a vote of 222 to 205, with six Democrats voting yes and 22 Republicans voting no, after an Orwellian afternoon debating the bill, with members from both parties extolling the importance of cracking down on violence against women even as they disagreed bitterly on the bill in question. The Orwellian flavor stemmed from the fact that the Republican bill excludes or weakens protections for LGBT, immigrant and Native American victims of violence—a Republican manager's amendment purported to address some Democratic concerns, but that did not adequately do so. House Republicans argued that passing this bill is very important and should be done in a bipartisan fashion, even as they refused to consider the Senate's actually bipartisan Violence Against Women Act—coauthored by a Republican and passed with 15 Republican votes.

Republicans repeatedly emphasized the bipartisan support for VAWA without acknowledging that their bill does not enjoy bipartisan support and that they have rejected a truly bipartisan bill. They also repeatedly insisted that their bill protects and supports victims, ignoring the opposition of a wide swath of domestic violence organizations, law enforcement groups and faith-based groups.

Democrats first opposed a rule prohibiting amendments, then offered a motion to recommit in an attempt to keep confidentiality protections from being gutted, with Rep. Gwen Moore of Wisconsin detailing how as the victim of a violent rape in the 1970s, she felt put on trial as a single mother who must have invited her rape. Republicans, while rejecting bipartisanship and claiming that immigrant women use fraudulent allegations of abuse to get citizenship, wailed extensively about Democrats allegedly playing politics.

This vote sets up what David Waldman describes as "a potential procedural nightmare in the Senate." Additionally, President Obama has indicated he would veto this bill.

Originally posted to Laura Clawson on Wed May 16, 2012 at 02:31 PM PDT.

Also republished by Daily Kos.

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  •  Reid should just say fuck them and use his power (13+ / 0-)

    to gut this and replace it with the Senate bill.

    DARE them to vote against it again.

    "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." --M. L. King "You can't fix stupid" --Ron White -6.00, -5.18

    by zenbassoon on Wed May 16, 2012 at 02:37:18 PM PDT

  •  in-f*ing-credible (6+ / 0-)
    The Orwellian flavor stemmed from the fact that the Republican bill excludes or weakens protections for LGBT, immigrant and Native American victims of violence—a Republican manager's amendment purported to address some Democratic concerns, but did not adequately do so. House Republicans argued that passing this bill is very important and should be done in a bipartisan fashion, even as they refused to consider the Senate's actually bipartisan Violence Against Women Act—coauthored by a Republican and passed with 15 Republican votes.

    slutty voter for a "dangerous president"; Präsidentenelf-maßschach; Warning-Some Snark Above"Nous sommes un groupuscule" (-9.50; -7.03) "Sciant terra viam monstrare." 政治委员, 政委!

    by annieli on Wed May 16, 2012 at 02:47:34 PM PDT

  •  I have a question here (2+ / 0-)
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    Senor Unoball, drmah

    This diary says:

    the Republican bill excludes or weakens protections for LGBT, immigrant and Native American victims of violence
    Now, is this about violence against LGBT women?  Is it about immigrant women?  is it about Native American women?  

    This is a bill about violence against women specifically, from where I sit.  Maybe I'm not reading this correctly.  

    Help?

    •  I also have a question, actually two questions (1+ / 0-)
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      Senor Unoball

      Does this bill exclude all immigrant women?  Even women with valid visas or green cards?

      Does it exclude all Native American women, even women with no access to tribal courts?

      "We have always known that heedless self-interest was bad morals, now we know that it is bad economics." Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Jan. 20, 1937

      by Navy Vet Terp on Wed May 16, 2012 at 03:10:01 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  It's a good question (1+ / 0-)
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        Senor Unoball

        I don't know the answer, and it looks like you don't either because you're askin' the question.

        Hopefully, we'll get our answers.

        •  From Human Rights Campaign's Press release: (4+ / 0-)
          The Senate VAWA, which passed with a strong 68-31 bipartisan vote, reflected the needs expressed by more than 2,000 law enforcement, court, prosecution, legal services, and victim services professionals from across the country and was supported by both victim advocates and senators from both sides of the aisle. It addresses the fundamental problems LGBT domestic abuse victims face: they are often turned away from service providers, laughed at by law enforcement, and struggle to get protective orders from judges.  Unfortunately, this often leaves few options exception to return to their abuser.
          I understand there are reporting problems relative to immigration status that would place hardships on immigrant women and may force them to choose between protecting their bodies from their attackers, and protecting their immigration status.

          "In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends."—Martin Luther King Jr.

          by Scott Wooledge on Wed May 16, 2012 at 03:36:18 PM PDT

          [ Parent ]

      •  to answer you both... (1+ / 0-)
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        Senor Unoball

        The Senate bill added those classes to the original bill so the GOPers used them as an excuse to oppose the entire bill.

        As for Native American women the bill gives tribal courts jurisdiction over abuse that happens when a non-Indian commits the crime. Previously tribal courts had no jurisdiction over non-Indians who committed abuse on their Indian spouse even on Indian lands.

        America could have chosen to be the worlds doctor, or grocer. We choose instead to be her policeman. pity

        by cacamp on Wed May 16, 2012 at 03:33:44 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

  •  Violence Against Women is violence against women. (6+ / 0-)

    It is decidedly not violence against ...
    ... some women
    ... in some places
    ... for some reasons.

    Why isn't this Just. That. Simple?

    Obama and strong Democratic majorities in 2012!

    by TRPChicago on Wed May 16, 2012 at 02:50:13 PM PDT

  •  Which 6 Dems voted for it? (1+ / 0-)
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    Miggles

    Sorry, no time to search right now.

    (And which Repubs had the decency to vote against?)

  •  How they will get the votes of any female or gay (1+ / 0-)
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    Senor Unoball

    person is beyond me...

  •  another slap at Hispanics, they just can't help it (0+ / 0-)
    Republicans, while rejecting bipartisanship and claiming that immigrant women use fraudulent allegations of abuse to get citizenship, wailed extensively about Democrats allegedly playing politics.
    I'm actually glad to see them so blatent in their racism and I hope Hispanic leadership takes notice.

    America could have chosen to be the worlds doctor, or grocer. We choose instead to be her policeman. pity

    by cacamp on Wed May 16, 2012 at 03:26:34 PM PDT

  •  WTF??!!! This is truly a war now! (2+ / 0-)
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    Miggles, Senor Unoball

    So in the hopes that Senator & Pres. vote against & in hopes that American Women have gnat's worth of memory, Repubs. hv turned what has always been a non-partisan re-authorization into a partisan fight.

    Now I want to know how we fight back?

    How can we use this vote and turn it against them?

    Any ideas?  Links, etc.?

    •  Every Democratic challenger to each Republican (2+ / 0-)
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      Senor Unoball, JGibson

      that voted against it should ask and keep on asking them why they voted to turn clock on women's rights back to the 1800's.  Every women's group that a Republican candidate gets up in front of should ask them why they voted in favor of this piece of crap.

  •  A mail order bride company lobbied in order (0+ / 0-)

    to get the anti-immigrant provisions added to the bill--a company called Encounters International got sued by a Russian mail-order bride who was matched up with an abusive husband, and had to pay her over $400,000 in damages. Disgusting that the Republicans (and who the hell were those 6 democrats!) would listen to a sleazy company like that, instead of the dozens of organizations who were against it.

  •  This bill was about saying hey we tried.... hehehe (1+ / 0-)
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    drmah

    to their base.

    Meaning they know it will never make it into law but they can lie to everyone saying it was a good bill knowing it will not get past the Senate and or  the president.

    They know Fox and most news sources will not report on the very important things this bill leaves out or rejects.

    Just A Real Nice Guy, thinking out loud.

    by arealniceguy on Wed May 16, 2012 at 03:59:58 PM PDT

  •  May I just say I adore Rep. Gwen Moore! (0+ / 0-)

    She's a fighter!  I have been wondering today why we haven't seen enough of her on msnbc.  She doesn't suffer fools lightly.

    Unbelievable that the Republicans (and a few Dems) believe this version of VAWA is complete.  Like some women are more worthy of protection than others.  What jerks!  Thank goodness my Rep. Lujan isn't listed among them.  

    I would rather spend my life searching for truth than live a single day within the comfort of a lie. ~ John Victor Ramses

    by KayCeSF on Wed May 16, 2012 at 05:50:06 PM PDT

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