The faces below, courtesy of Think Progress, are of the 22 Republicans who apparently were not birthed by women, and don’t have grandmothers, aunts, sisters, wives, or daughters. Obviously, this must be true, because they voted against The Violence Against Women Act.
The Violence Against Women Act reauthorization passed through the Senate on Tuesday, 78 to 22. Every female Senator supported the bill, but 22 Republican men didn’t.
Those amongst the votes against the bill were:
Republicans John Barrasso (Wyo.), Roy Blunt (Mo.), John Boozman (Ark.), Tom Coburn (Okla.), John Cornyn (Texas), Ted Cruz (Texas), Mike Enzi (Wyo.), Lindsey Graham (S.C.), Chuck Grassley (Iowa), Orrin Hatch (Utah), James Inhofe (Okla.), Mike Johanns (Neb.), Ron Johnson (Wisc.), Mike Lee (Utah), Mitch McConnell (Ky.), Rand Paul (Ky.), Jim Risch (Idaho), Pat Roberts (Kansas), Marco Rubio (Fla.), Jeff Sessions (Ala.), John Thune (S.D.) and Tim Scott (S.C.).
I wonder how the women in their lives feel.
The bill authorizes $659 million over five years for VAWA programs. VAWA will also include new protections for LGBT and Native-American victims of domestic violence, to give more attention to sexual assault prevention, and to help reduce a backlog in processing rape kits. The act was created in and has helped to strengthen programs and services for victims of domestic violence, dating violence and stalking.
Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), the bill’s sponsor, wondered why anybody would vote against his legislation since it just expands protections to vulnerable groups.
“It is difficult to understand why people would come in here and try to limit which victims could be helped by this legislation,” Leahy said. “If you’re the victim, you don’t want to think that a lot of us who have never faced this kind of problem, sat here in this body and said, ‘Well, we have to differentiate which victims America will protect.’”
After the vote, Obama called on the House to act.
“Delay isn’t an option when three women are still killed by their husbands or boyfriends every day,” the president said in a statement. “Delay isn’t an option when countless women still live in fear of abuse, and when 1 in 5 have been victims of rape. This issue should be beyond debate — the House should follow the Senate’s lead and pass the Violence Against Women Act right away. This is not a Democratic or Republican issue — it’s an issue of justice and compassion.”