By Allie Gregory | 1 comments
For the first time since 1994, the Violence Against Women Act has been allowed to expire. Last April the VAWA passed the Senate with a 68-31 vote. However, it was then blocked at the House—who were under Republican Tea Party leadership. This might sound vaguely familiar. The reason for this was because the provisions in the latest version of the bill would have expanded protection to gay victims and illegal immigrants as well as Native American victims of domestic abuse and violence.
According to New York Times, “the bill would provide services, like shelters and legal help, for victims of abuse regardless of their sexual orientation or immigration status.” And although the bill is strongly supported by both sides and has passed every five years since first introduced—GOP Tea Party House leaders are willing to turn a blind eye for no other reason than pure discrimination.
This week, Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont reintroduced the updated Violence Against Women Act (that included extended protections for gay and illegal immigrant as well as Native American victims of domestic abuse and violence). Sen. Leahy calls it a ‘tragedy’ that such a bill has been cast aside and he plans to make sure it is put back in action. Nancy Pelosi said this was a “top priority.” It is in great irony that such a bill to protect domestic abuse victims is becoming a victim itself of a GOP Congress that does absolutely nothing. No surprise, Republican leaders have failed to say anything of this bill. However, ignoring VAWA will not make it go away. Women across country have shown they are a very aware of the issues in regard to their health and safety. Why would Republicans think this issue would be any different?What do you think of the Republican leadership? DFA stands with Sen. Leahy and his commitment to progressive bills such as the Violence Against Women Act. We stand for efforts that protect all the victims of domestic abuse no matter racial background or sexual orientation.
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