Skip to main content

White ribbon
"A victim is a victim is a victim and violence is violence is violence," said Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) immediately before the final vote on the Violence Against Women Act began in the Senate Tuesday afternoon. The bill passed, once again, on a strong bipartisan vote of 78 to 22.

But sadly, whether a victim is a victim and all victims are equally deserving of protection has been a matter of some dispute in Congress, as House Republicans refused to bring the Senate's bipartisan reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act to a vote in 2012 because Republicans didn't want to expand—and even wanted to weaken—protections for Native American, immigrant, and LGBT victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. The bill's passage in the Senate was no surprise, but before it could pass there were a number of amendments defeated, including one which would have stripped out the expanded protections for Native American women.

The question now is if House Republican leaders will bring the bipartisan bill to a vote, as they refused to do last year. Prior to the Senate vote,

"I see reason to hope they might consider" the Senate bill this year, said Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., pointing to a letter Monday from 17 House Republicans urging GOP leaders to move swiftly to reauthorize the act.
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor is allegedly on the case, trying to get the Violence Against Women reauthorized. But Cantor was allegedly on the case in the final weeks of 2012 and we know how that turned out.

Please sign the petition from Daily Kos and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee urging House Republicans to protect all women by passing the Senate version of the expanded, bipartisan Violence Against Women Act.

Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags


More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site