Senate Votes 78-22 To Pass Violence Against Women Act

by Yesha Callahan

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.

Senate Votes 78-22 To Pass 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.”

  • Beautiful Mic

    That’s just crazy. The black rep, as old and accomplished as he is, isn’t even married, but is highly religious. Hmmm….

  • Lisss

    Oh please do not bring religion into this. I am sure that there were many who were moved by their faith to vote FOR the VAWA. I know the current trend is to pile every evil on the back of religion but let’s not lose our senses here. Either way, i am happy that the overwhelming majority voted for this. Now, lets just wait and see if the application of this legislation will be just as swift and efficient.

  • The Moon in the Sky

    Men don’t view women as people. A man having a mother, sister, aunt, or whatever doesn’t mean he will care about other women.

  • Chillyroad

    “The bill authorizes $659 million over five years for VAWA programs.”

    All that money to dubious program’s run by dubious groups for dubious reasons. I would have voted no because Acts like these are nothing but pork barrels.

  • kamille

    I usually don’t call names or insult commenters because everyone is entitled to their own opinion and free speech. And I’ll use my free speech to say: you are an idiot. You have no idea how this act will and can benefit women minorities or just women in general who are in vulnerable situations due to their sexual orientation or their residency status.

    Do you even know the incidence of rape cases there are in Native American communities? How women can’t speak out and are silenced and oppressed if they even try to out their husband, assaulter, or boyfriends? How corrupt the tribal justice system is?

    I’ve actually worked with programs for Native American women and these women are left defenseless. Here’s one out of MANY links you can look up and educate yourself: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/23/us/native-americans-struggle-with-high-rate-of-rape.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

    This Act is to help women not only by cracking down on rape and abuse cases, but extend money to support programs and housing when these women have no where to go, especially in the cases of Native American women.

    Educate yourself, before you make sweeping assumptions. People said that Obamacare wasn’t going to be effective-yet my provider covers my co-pays of birth control pills, mammograms, and etc.

  • http://gravatar.com/nolakiss16 binks

    This! Hell some men don’t care about women they are related too or helped create…

  • The Moon in the Sky

    Precisely.

  • Mademoiselle

    Which acts do you consider to be legit? And since you’re calling out, name the names of the dubious programs, groups, and reasons being funded by this act. I’d love to know so I can research them and form my own opinions.

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