Congress Disregards Violence Against Women Act
Congress failed to approve the expanded version of the Violence Against Women Act, which protects the LGBT community, Native American women, and undocumented immigrants. Instead, for the first time since 1994, the VAWA is defunct.
Although death as a result of domestic violence reportedly fell 34% in women since the VAWA came into affect in 1994, 1 in 4 women will be the victims of domestic violence in her lifetime, and the relevancy of the bill is as urgent today as it was in the past.
House Republicans insisted the bill is too supportive of immigrants, the LGBT community, and Native Americans — and they’d rather let the law expire than approve a slightly expanded proposal. Vice President Biden, who helped write the original law, tried to persuade House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) to keep the law alive, but the efforts didn’t go anywhere . . .
Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), the Democratic point person on VAWA, said in a statement: . . . “No matter how broad the bipartisan support, no matter who gets hurt in the process, the politics of the right wing of their party always comes first.”
Essentially the bill is an entitlement to be rid of abuse. Should this have even been a debate?
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