Violence Against Women Act renewed by Senate
Measure had become a lightning rod in the realm of gender politics
The Senate has approved legislation to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act. While met with opposition by some Republicans, Senators voted 78 to 22 to send their version of the bill to the Republican-controlled House, where it faces an uncertain future.
The Violence Against Women Act and others like that have become a lightning rod in the realm of gender politics. Democrats have favored casting Republicans as leading a "war on women" during last year's election.
Republicans had long objected to certain stipulations of the reauthorization. High among them was a technical dispute over jurisdiction for Native American tribal authorities in the instances of certain crimes.
"Especially in communities like West Virginia where victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in rural and remote communities face unique obstacles in their efforts to escape abusive and dangerous relationships, support provided by VAWA can literally be lifesaving," West Virginia Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, a relatively moderate Republican who's running for Senate in 2014 says. "I am urging House leaders to immediately reauthorize this essential Act."
The Violence Against Women Act and others like that have become a lightning rod in the realm of gender politics. Democrats have favored casting Republicans as leading a "war on women" during last year's election. Democrats were all too eager to seize on GOP opposition to a contraception mandate, or controversial statements made by Senate candidates Todd Akin and Richard Mourdock about rape.
A group of 17 House GOP lawmakers wrote the party's leadership this week urging them to take up the Senate bill that had been passed. If those Republicans were to join with every House Democrat in support of the bill, it would be enough to pass the Violence Against Women Act reauthorization in the House.
© 2013, Catholic Online. Distributed by NEWS CONSORTIUM.
Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for December 2013
General Intention: Victimized Children. That children who are victims of abandonment or violence may find the love and protection they need.
Missionary Intention: Prepare the Savior's Coming. That Christians, enlightened by the Word incarnate, may prepare humanity for the Savior's coming.
Rate This Article
Leave a Comment
More Politics & Policy News
- Rush Limbaugh is Wrong, Karen Finney of MSNBC is Nuts: Pope Francis and Capitalism
- Vatican, State Department defend embassy move
- Precedent set by Obama may lead to revolt against federal government, expert says
- Oops, we didn't think of that! Utah may pull NSA plug by cutting water supply to facility
- Small businesses will have to wait: Obama delays coverage to businesses for a year
- No surprise: EPA prepares fresh stack of over 130 new regulations
- Supreme Court to Hear New Cases Challenging Constitutionality of Obamacare Mandate
- NSA monitoring pornography Web sites of suspected troublemakers
- Obama orders closure of Vatican Embassy
- Fr. Paul Schenck: Finding Living Faith on Catechetical Sunday
- The Movie Yellow: Incest as 'Normal' and Cassavates's Slides Into the World of Woes
- The Chicago School Teachers Strike Reveals the Need For School Choice
- The Sexual Barbarians and the Dissolution of Culture
- The Happy Priest Challenges Us to Ask: Who is Jesus to Me?
- Michael Coren on Canadian Public Schools: Teachers, leave those kids alone
- We Cannot Ignore Our Consciences: Cardinal Dolan On Religious Liberty
- In the Face of Danger, Successor of Peter Travels to Lebanon as a Messenger of Peace
- Reflections on the Dignity and Vocation of Women: Who or What?