Why The Republican Congress Wouldn’t Renew The Violence Against Women Act
It boils down to an unwillingness to expand the act to include women in tribal jurisdictions, gays, and undocumented residents. as Sahil Kapur explains.
â€śThe House Republican leadershipâ€™s failure to take up and pass the Senateâ€™s bipartisan and inclusive VAWA bill is inexcusable,â€ť Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA), a Democratic leadership member, told TPM. â€śThis is a bill that passed with 68 votes in the Senate and that extends the billâ€™s protections to 30 million more women. But this seems to be how House Republican leadership operates. No matter how broad the bipartisan support, no matter who gets hurt in the process, the politics of the right wing of their party always comes first.â€ť
A Republican source familiar with failed last-minute negotiations to save the measure between Vice President Joe Biden and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) disputed that view. The source blamed Senate Democrats for making a resolution impossible by â€śconstantly shifting the goalpostsâ€ť and adopting a â€śmy way or the highway approach.â€ť
…The 112th Congress ended Wednesday, and the Violence Against Women Act perished with it. The new Congress now has to start all over. A spokesperson said [Senator Patrick] Leahy was disappointed by the failure of VAWA re-authorization and looks forward to soon reintroducing an â€śinclusive, bipartisan bill covering vulnerable victims.â€ť