House Republicans ‘Will Be History in 2014′ Over VAWA, NOW Chief Vows

Even as top Senate Democrats criticized as “simply unacceptable” the House GOP version of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), a prominent women’s group promises to make the legislative impasse an issue in the 2014 congressional elections. Senate Democrats and House Republicans are at loggerheads over reauthorization of VAWA, a law that dates back two decades aimed at providing assistance to victims of domestic violence  and other violent crime. President Obama highlighted the need to approve a new VAWA in his recent State of the Union address, noting that Vice President Biden authored the original bill when he was in the Senate. The Senate overwhelmingly approved a version of VAWA on a bipartisan basis with 78 senators of both parties–including all women senators. House … Continue reading

Despite Their Gripes, GOP Women Vote For VAWA, Too

After much delay and debate, the Senate approved a bill to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), legislation more than 15 years old which helps victims of domestic and sexual violence. The Senate voted 68-31 for the VAWA re-authorization. The 31 senators who voted no not only all were Republicans — they also all were men. In the end, all of the female senators — including each of the Republican — ultimately voted in support VAWA. In some cases, the GOP women wound up supporting the VAWA re-authorization bill even after having complained about it earlier. Sen. Olympia Snowe of the Maine, who is retiring this year due to what she calls too much partisanship in the Senate, is … Continue reading