Score one more point against the GOP winning over the women’s vote in 2014 and 2016…
The Violence Against Women Act reauthorization passed through the Senate on Tuesday afternoon, by a vote of 78 to 22. Of those opposing the legislation, all 22 were Republican men. Every female Senator supported the bill.
Among the most notable votes against the bill were Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL). Here’s a look at all 22 opponents of VAWA:
VAWA expired during the previous Congress, and because of Republican opposition to provisions for Native American, undocumented, and LGBT victims of domestic violence, the different versions approved by the House and by the Senate were never reconciled, and the bill died without final passage at the end of 2012.
Since its inception in 1994, VAWA has established a system for helping women in danger. The law created the National Domestic Violence Hotline, made stalking illegal, and helped drive down the number of partner homicides.
Two Senators — Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) — also offered significant amendments to the VAWA bill. Grassley’s amendment stripped all Native American, LGBT, and undocumented victim protections. It was voted down on Thursday of last week. Cornyn’s, aimed exclusively on the bill’s language relating to tribal lands, failed on Monday.
Last week, eight Senators voted against even moving to debate on the revived legislation, and they are among those who voted against its passage. Four of them did so because their radical interpretation of the constitution precludes federal protection for domestic violence victims.
The version passed by the Senate today will next go to the House for a vote, where it is expected to encounter some difficulties, particularly over the protections of tribal women included in the bill.
- Senator Rubio Votes Against Violence Against Women Act (democraticunderground.com)
- House Republicans Must Take Action Against Domestic Violence: Pass the Violence Against Women Act (dpcc.senate.gov)
- Rubio one of 22 male GOP senators to vote against Violence Against Women Act (rawstory.com)
- The 22 Men Who Voted Against The Violence Against Women Act. (elephantjournal.com)
- U.S. Senate Approves Anti-Violence Against Women Act (news.yahoo.com)
- Rubio opposes Violence Against Women Act (politico.com)
- Violence Against Women Act: Johnson votes no, Baldwin votes yes (jsonline.com)
- Violence Against Women Act passes Senate (tv.msnbc.com)