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Tuesday, March 26, 2019

After allowing the Violence Against Women Act to expire for the first time since 1994, 87 Republicans joined with 199 Democrats to renew an expanded version of the law credited with reducing domestic violence by as much as 67 percent.

The bill now heads to President Obama, who has said he will sign it.

“Over more than two decades, this law has saved countless lives and transformed the way we treat victims of abuse,” the president said in a statement.

The bill authorizes about $659 million a year over five years to fund current programs that cover transitional housing, legal assistance, law enforcement training and hotlines that serve victims of domestic violence.

Republicans refused to hold a vote on the Senate’s bill during the 112th Congress because they objected to expanded protections for Native Americans, undocumented immigrants and LGBT Americans.  A handful of Tea Partiers have called the tribal protections “unconstitutional.”

The House Republican version of the law, which does not include new protections, was voted on first and lost 257-166.

A majority of Republicans, 138, voted against the Senate bill. This technically violates the GOP’s “Hastert Rule,” which requires a majority of the House majority to support any legislation brought to the floor.

According to The National Review Online, House Minority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) held a closed-door meeting with his caucus to warn them that there would be a “civil war” in the party if the House did not allow a vote on the Senate’s bill. After said meeting, only nine Republicans voted against taking up the bill — included in those were nine were Tea Partiers Steve King (R-IA) and Paul Broun (R-GA), both likely candidates for the U.S. Senate in 2014.

“I applaud moderate Republican voices in the House who stood up to their leadership to demand a vote on the Senate bill,” Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), a sponsor of the Senate bill that passed two weeks ago, said.

As we saw in the “fiscal cliff” compromise and the Hurricane Sandy relief bills, the “Hastert Rule” is all that stands between the House GOP and actual governance.

Much of the president’s agenda, including comprehensive immigration reform and some alternative to the sequestration, would likely pass the House if bills were brought to the floor instead of being effectively vetoed by Tea Party members and Republicans afraid of primary challenges.

But every time Speaker Boehner violates the rule, he weakens the value of the majority and threatens his own job.

So despite this success, the painful cuts of the sequestration will begin to go into effect Saturday morning.

“First, after 20 years of overwhelming bipartisan support, opposition to the Violence Against Women is now the mainstream Republican position,” MaddowBlog‘s Steve Benen wrote. “About half the Republicans in the Senate voted against the law, as did more than half the Republicans in the House.”

AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File

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85 responses to “House Renews Violence Against Women Act, Breaking Tea Party Opposition”

  1. It is good to see traditional Republican conservatives joining forces with Democrats to re-enact the Violence Against Women Act, in spite of the Tea Party opposition to extend VAWA protection to lesbian women. Hopefully the latter will remember what the TP thinks of them in November 2014. The line separating the Tea Party from the Taliban is getting so narrow, it is almost invisible.

    • lana ward says:

      The Tea Party doesn’t behead people, taliban does. Have you heard from your “news” source, 28 year old muslim, Yusuf Ibrahim, from New Jersey, murdered 2 Christians, beheaded them and cut off their hands and buried their parts in someones yard??? I’ll bet the answaer is no. The MSM won’t report crimes committed by muslims and blacks!!!

      • jmprint says:

        NO, no beheading, just destroying America.

      • WhutHeSaid says:

        How do we know what the Tea Party is capable of doing? After all, these are the holdovers from the KKK and John Birch society, with assorted bigoted fruit loops thrown in. Many of these people are the same people who committed terror crimes and even murder in the past, sometimes getting away with it through all-white jury nullification. Their beliefs are all about hate and violence. The only reason they would shy away from violence is because they know that the rest of the country would be more than happy to see them in prison — and violence would get them there in a heartbeat.

        • lana ward says:

          Have you heard about the muslim who beheaded 2 Christians??

          • Lana, this was a religious killing between a muslim and two coptic Christians that had come to America from Egypt. The police suspect it is a continuation of the religous war going on between muslims and coptic christians in Egypt.

          • lana ward says:

            WOW!!!!!!! Someone on this site actually heard about this!!!! So I guess you won’t be one that calls me a liar like everyone else here does!!!!!!

          • Lynda says:

            No lana, not a liar. Just somebody trying to conflate one subject with another. There certainly is a difference.

          • Hillbilly says:

            the liar shoe fits you so wear it.

          • lana ward says:

            You are uninformed so what you say are lies. You’re a liar!

          • lana ward says:

            Omuslim has said he could get things done if he were dictator. Twice I’ve heard him mention dictator. What’s he up to??

          • lana ward says:

            Omuslim can’t accomplish what he wants because he’s not a dictator. He can’t make others do the right thing because he’s not a dictator. I’ve never heard a President talk like this when he doesn’t get his own way. What was the point. Why would he talk dictator?

          • lana ward says:

            Have you heard the DHS has ordered shooting targets depicting average American citizens to eliminate “hesitation” to kill in upcoming, planned war on anti-Omuslim population?? I’ve written my Congressman to see if it’s true

          • ococoob says:

            Lana Ward

            Wow! You are PARANOID. Quit stinkin’ up this thread. I’m not going to say it again, take the meds and go to bed!!!

          • Have you heard of the “Christians” that slaughtered 600,000 people in Iraq and Afghanistan, or should we assume FOX and Rush don’t talk about that. Did you hear about the terrorist that carried out a massacre at a Sikh Temple in Wisconsin?
            The sad truth is that extremism is and has been rampant worldwide since the beginning of recorded history. Sometimes it is influenced by religious or political convictions, sometimes by the need to survive (territorial expansion), and in all cases by intolerance, hatred, greed and supine ignorance.

          • lana ward says:

            These beheadings happened here. REAL Christians don’t murder, so quit throwing the word Christian around. Only in war where murder is necessary, I would kill the enemy too! I’m sure you would too

          • Mikey7a says:

            “REAL Christians don’t murder,”
            Ummm Lana, have you ever heard of the Crusades? Have you ever read about the Spanish Inquisition? Ever here of Jim Jones? Good Lord woman, try reading a couple books, before opening your stupid, bigoted, hate filled, mouth…just ONCE?

            I am a Christian, but please don’t try to say there haven’t been just as many atrocities to man from our religion, as there have from any others. Extremism exists everywhere!

          • lana ward says:

            Those aren’t real Christians, quit throwing the word Christian around

          • Mikey7a says:

            Ohhhh you mean real Christians like Jim and Tammy Baker, or Jerry Falwell? lol lol lol Rush Limpballs professes to be a Christian too.

          • lana ward says:

            Try Billy and Franklin Graham

          • They’re not true Chrstians either – just as you’re not. True Christians don’t judge and certainly don’t malign people constantly as you do!!!

          • I say Billy isn’t a true Christian because he aligned himself with the GOP which is America’s largest anti-Christian organization.

          • lana ward says:

            The Christians are the Republicans, the dems are the Godless party. You really need help!!!

          • Hillbilly says:

            If the Grahams are such big christans why did they endorse a member of the Mormon Church for President and call him a good Christian?They both had called the Mormon Church a cult in past times and said it was not a Christian Church. A real Christian wouldn’t have endorsed Romney and called his a good Christian after calling his religion a cult and not Christian

          • lana ward says:

            They don’t believe in all of Romneys beliefs, I don’t either. But they love God and our country and they know Romney would have undone all the damage Omuslim has done to us. Our economy would be heading in the right direction instead of in the toilet almost completely flushed. Omuslim isn’t trying to make things better, he is destroying America on purpose Wake up!!! The Grahams know a good, decent man when they see one

          • Hillbilly says:

            Mike according to a post that the dumb, blind Lana Wood posted about March of last year she is a he not a female but a male with a female name. That is probably his major problem he was teased and bullied about his girl’s name when growing up it affected his brain

          • Lana, I truly feel sorry for you. You responded to me with: The Christians are the Republicans the Dems are the Godless party. If you really believe the way the GOP acts represents anything that is remotely Christian – you are severely delusional.

            Newt Gingrich during the GOP presidential debates made it quite clear just how anti-Christian the GOP is: during the debate he said: Do you know what we do to our enemies? We KILL THEM!! And the audience in North Carolina jumped to their feet and cheered.

            Jesus clearly said: Love your enemies!! He even said if they’re hungry, FEED THEM, becaus by doing so you’ll heep coals of damnation on their heads. But KILL THEM – NEVER!!!

            By nominating one of the world’s most prominent poster boys of wealth excess – Mitt Romney, once again the GOP proved how anti-Christian the GOP is: Saint John in his first letter says: Do Not Love The World or anything IN THE WORLD!! If anyone loves the world, the love of the father is not in him. Mitt Romney during the campaign proved time and again that LOVING THE WORLD IS WHAT HE IS ALL ABOUT!!

            And Jesus said: It will be harder for a rich man to jump through the eye of a needle thatn to enter into the kingdom of Heaven. What he is saying here is that people who are rich in worldly things (not necessarily money) will find it IMPOSSIBLE to enter into heave (or be a Christian). And what Does the GOP epitomize in it’s constant mantra of protecting the wealthy from tax cuts but the love of riches and worldly things??? It’s disgusting!!

            I challenge you to relate one, just one humanitarian thing the GOP has supported over the past 110 years or so (since Teddy Roosevelt was in office). Just name one thing they have supported that wasn’t related to protecting their own MONEY !!!

            I’m not imply that the Democrats are saints, but at least a good portion of what they fight for are things that will benefit someone other than those who already have more than they really deserve in this life. The Democratic party has at least some redeeming qualities – the GOP has absolutely NONE!!!

          • lana ward says:

            The dems love murdering babies before they are born, Christians do NOT believe in murdering babies! Period!!!! They are children, not a choice!!!!

          • Sorry Lana, but aborting a fetus (not a baby) is something each woman has to take up with God. Neither you nor I nor anyone else knows the reasoning behind why a woman chooses to abort . It’s not your place, my place, or anyone else’s place to tell someone what they can and can’t do with their own body. You and I may disagree with it, but its not our place to make judgement on that. Nowhere in the bible did Jesus or God ever say that God has abdicated his right to judge and has granted that right to you, me, your preacher, the pope or anyone else. If Saint Paul were alive today and killing Christians as he was almost 2,000 years ago, I’m sure many of us would be calling for his death. But despite the fact that he was responsible for the deaths of many Christians, God chose him to bring the Gospel to the Gentiles. No one can look back and say precisely from reading the bible how God feels today about abortion, gay relationships or any other issue that is based on judging another. Remember, that even Jesus said: I judge no one. Even when those caught in the act of committing a sin were brought to Jesus, he never judged them. Remember too, that in several places in the old testament, it says that not obeying the Sabbath was punishable by death – yet, when the pharisees questioned Jesus why his deciples were doing just that by rummaging for food in the corn field on a Sabbath – Jesus pointed out that it was okay to do good things on the Sabbath, even things that may appear to be work such as retrieving a lost sheep, or bringing an animal to water. So despite how you and millions of others may feel about abortion and gay relationships, God never gave any human the right to become a vigilante for him. Jesus made that clear in the parable of the weeds among the wheat (the bad people among the good). When the desciples understood what the parable represented, they wanted to run out and round up all the bad people and bring them to justice – Jesus said NO! Leave that to his Father who when he returned, would round up and bundle the bad people for the fire. What is it that you, and millions of others don’t understand about NO????

          • Hillbilly says:

            If Christians don’t believe in killing babies why did God tell his chosen people to kill every man, woman, child and babe in Jericho after the walls fell, to kill every animal, destroy all their crops. He told them to do this in more places than Jericho. You do know not bibical or Christian history at all. If Christians do not kill unborn babies why where so many pregnant women burned alive at the stake during the Spanish inquestion or hung or drowned during the Salem witch hunts, while were female children done the same way when accussed of witchcraft. Also there is no killing of babies done when abortions are done,that is done when there is nothing but female and male biliogal matter that has come together, no life or when the fetus is first forming, no life since neither form can live outside the woman’s womb. What do you call it when the woman’s body cause a natural abortion and there in more baby making material in the woman’s womb?

          • lana ward says:

            Babies are being murdered as they are being born. Omuslim said if a baby survives an abortion, he is to recieve NO medical help. He is to lie in a trash can to die, freezing and alone. That’s your Nice” Omuslim, he is a cold blooded, cold hearted monster!!!

          • Google Inquisition and make an effort to familiarize yourself with what Christianity, and organized religion has done for centuries. In the case of our own country murders, presumably by UNREAL Christians, take place every single day in every state in the Union.
            If it makes you feel better, I’ll be happy to refer to the current version of the Tea Party as first cousins of the Taliban minus beheadings. The movement that began a few years ago to demand fiscal integrity – with special focus on spending reductions to eliminate the deficits and stop accumulating debt (read sequester) – has evolved into a pseudo political party that embraces the most radical extremes on almost every social issue important to our society. They are undermining our ability to progress towards a more equal and fair society, and they are on track to destroy what remains of the Republican Party. As a Democrat the latter does not bother me very much, as an American I lament what is happening to the GOP because I believe our country – and every country in the world – benefit from having different political opinions. The best decisions we make are, more often than not, reached by consensus and always by respecting and considering the opinion of others.

          • ococoob says:

            Mr. Vila, I so enjoy your comments so much. They make so much sense. The REAL sad truth is that religion is the curse of the masses. Religions bring on wars and have been all through the centuries. Secularism RULES!

          • Jim Myers says:

            Replying to lana ward –

            Have you heard about the TURD PARTY member who had a sane thought?

            No, wait. Neither did I.

          • lana ward says:

            I’ve heard about the Godless communist dem party, is that the same thing?

          • ococoob says:

            Lana Ward

            You sound like an ass!

          • WhutHeSaid says:

            In New Jersey? I heard about it. I also heard about a mother in New Jersey beheading her own child and putting his head in the freezer. She’s a Christian.

            Nobody is going to defend a murderer, whether they are Muslim, Christian, Jew, Mormon, atheist or agnostic. The problem here is that of the thousands of similar murders committed in the US, bigots get all worked up over this one but ignore the others. How many Christian murderers did you get this worked up over? That’s what I thought.

            I don’t know what ever made you such a bigot that you hate people you don’t know for no real reason, but I hope you know that you only sell yourself short by being less of a person than you could be. My guess is that you were probably raised that way, and it’s doubtful that you will ever change. But you aren’t setting a very good example of Christianity, now are you? When people around the world see all of the Christians who murder, maim, lie, cheat, steal, sexually abuse children and just generally show the world the most lurid side of humanity — they can point the finger of accusation at you with equal condemnation.

            If I had to guess the all-time number one source of murder and crime in the history of this world, it would be Christianity. Not people who really do their best to live by the principles of Christianity, but people like you who hide behind Christianity and use it as their excuse for being vile human beings. If you believe in the teachings of the Church, you have to know in your soul that perverting the meaning of Christ’s teachings will earn you an especially hot place in Hell. I’ll bet Satan is just licking his chops with anticipation for the day that you arrive.

          • lana ward says:

            You must feel much better now getting that off your chest. Confession is good for the soul!!

          • You’re just brushing off WhutHeSaid’s true words aren’t you Lana. Why? Because you’re nothing more than a Faux Christian just like the millions of other supposed Evangelical Faux Christians who love the GOP. Faux Christians who purposely ignore the blatantly obvious anit-Christian actions of the GOP:LOVING MONEY above all else (why else are they so adamant about allowing even a $1 increase of taxes on millions of people who alrealdy have more in their lives than they deserve knowing full well that in doing so that those who really need help are suffering?) AND JUDGING OTHERS while ignoring their own obvious failings (as Jesus said; Complaining about a mote in someone elses eye when they have a beam in their own); AND REFUSING TO HELP THE NEEDY by constantly pressing to cut budgets that they know full well will negatively affect the country and our planet: everyone below the 2% (when Jesus made it clear that if someone has the ability to help someone else and chooses not to help, IT’S A SIN!!) Just keep in mind that the term Conservative Christian is an oxymoron – Jesus was no conservative! The definition of the word implies being more concerned about how one’s actions will affect themselves than how they will affect the lives of someone else – just the opposite of what Jesus taught: We should live for others and think more highly of others than ourselves. There’s just nothing Christian about what Republicans believe.

          • ococoob says:

            Lana Ward, have you ever heard of the Spanish Inquisition? Again, take your meds and go to bed.

        • lana ward says:

          Lanny Davis is now saying the WH treatened him too, for reporting things Omuslim didn’t like that are true

        • Sand_Cat says:

          How do we know what Lana is capable of? Certainly not logical, coherent thinking, or compassion, but she could be dangerous with a weapon or a little power.

      • If a horrible crime carried out by a Muslim against two Egyptian coptics is a standard to judge an entire civilization, should we assume that the crimes committed by thousands of Americans against fellow Americans, including school children, should be the standard used to judge our society? There are a lot of crazy people in this world, that does not mean most Christians, Muslims, Jews or members of any other religion are like them.
        You may want to do a little research into life in Afghanistan before the Soviet and American invasions before you reach a conclusion about the Pashtuns or Pathans.

        • lana ward says:

          The muslims are here to take over America, and that is just what they are doing. Their leader in the WH, gives them everything they want while stepping on Christians and their beliefs

          • Jim Myers says:

            Replying to lana ward –

            After reading your blather, I wish President Obama was a Muslim.

          • lana ward says:

            Omuslim has a body double, I’ve seen pictures

          • Susan says:

            You know, Lana, I’m beginning to think you’re really a progressive trying to give Republican fundamentalists a bad name. No one could actually believe the things you say.

          • lana ward says:

            Obama does have a double. Type in “”Crossing Obama can be deadly,we the people of the United States”” Then look under photos– Obama and his Indonesia family and pictures of his double

          • lana ward says:

            Omuslim is a muslim, and you’re an idiot

          • lana ward says:

            Omuslim plans to visit the Temple Mount. If he does, he’s the Anti-Christ

          • Dana Es says:

            Lana, part of me pities you because you’re so delusional. Another part of me pities this country because it’s home to delusional people like you.

          • lana ward says:

            America shouldn’t be home to the psychopath evil muslim in the WH!!!!

          • Yeah! We’re coming to git cha!

            There are millions of mooselimes lining up on the Canadian border right now about to cross over & invade Michigan.

            Someone call out the Michigan Militia, we’re under attack!

            Here we come…ready or not.

            Oh by the way after your insane posts they’ll be stopping at your house first to pick up your guns. You failed the mental health test.

          • lana ward says:

            You “people” on this site all have the same parents 🙂

          • RobertCHastings says:

            You are so full of Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh, I bet they have been getting some.

          • lana ward says:

            There are sooo many wasteful programs O can cut, why is he going to cut programs that will hurt the American people??? Some leader!!

          • RobertCHastings says:

            He is cutting them for one very simple reason – they are what is required in the sequester. Hello, have you not been listening, miss smarty? The sequester was part two of the deal made in 2011, which included the fiscal cliff if revenues were not dealt with. Obama had great faith in the reasonableness of his opponents – unfortunately, he was wrong. Boehner and the Tea Party totally misread the election results, and still don’t understand them. If the Tea Party continues to resist reform that is equal, fair, and reasonable, then what they face in the next election will be more of the same, losing even more seats in the House and Senate. Obama would LIKE to cut the wasteful you speak of, and has even proposed some, like cutting subsidies to big oil,agricultural subsidies (in existence for at least three generations) that pay some wealthy landowners to NOT plant anything, and many more that would not harm ANYONE except those special interests who are so involved in them. What are the programs you think are so wasteful, and what do you think is being done about them?

          • lana ward says:

            He’s pissed at the Republicans because they finally wouldn’t let him have his way, so he’s taking his anger out on the American people. The sequester is his- he was for it before he was against it

          • RobertCHastings says:

            I hate to say it, especially since it is so obvious, but Obama has no authority, as president, to initiate ANY legislation having to do with money. That is specifically reserved to the House of Representatives, hence, it COULD NOT HAVE BEEN his baby. You people so vehemently defend the Constitution, and yet you apparently never read it.

          • lana ward says:

            Omuslin SAID the sequester is his!!! Check out- “Obamas sequester, the grand bargain”

          • RobertCHastings says:

            I pasted your quote into the address bar and, guess what showed up – YOUR quotes regarding this issue and nothing else. Sounds like it is all a figment of your imagination. The “grand bargain” was Obama’s idea, but it was shot down by Boehner because it included a BALANCED approach that included tax revenue AS WELL as spending cuts. You seem to be such an avid little researcher, why don’t you check it out yourself, or are you afraid of what you might find?

          • lana ward says:

            It’s at the site The Rightscoop

          • RobertCHastings says:

            I, unfortunately, went to “The Rightscoop”, the source you quoted about your information on President Obama. You read this stuff regularly and believe it? You can’t see any thing at all that causes you some hesitation, you just eat it up? Girl, you are dumber than I ever imagined. I highly recommend that everyone else on this forum go to “The Rightscoop” and read an item or two, hell, read several items, and tell me if Lana is dumb or not. No, better yet, tell LANA how dumb she is.

          • lana ward says:

            Your reaction is the reaction I get when I read on this site. LIES, you would think it was Omuslim himself speaking!!! Gene Sperling was a guest on Fox News today–he admitted the sequester WAS Omuslims idea!! They also showed a clip of Omuslim when he was passing the sequester!!! Some are saying Omuslim is going to make this hurt as much as possible, then blame the Republicans so they will change their minds. This won’t work. It will backfire. There are to many other things he can cut that won’t hurt us

          • RobertCHastings says:

            Read the Constitution, and then read a biography of Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, James Madison, or basically any of the other Founding Fathers and you will see that they thought it was extremely important to keep religionout of government. I wonder why that was. If you are even interested in finding out why, read some actual historical accounts of the colonies prior to the Revolution. And if you think it is so important that we live in a country based upon religious principles, why don’t you just go to someplace like Iran and see how you like living under a religious regime. A country governed by Christianity would be the same way, because as inclusive as Christianity is IDEALLY, in practice, it is anything but. IF Christianity were as inclusive as they preach, there would be no need for all the various sects. Read your Bible. Christ said to Peter, “You will be the rock upon which I build my Church.” Notice, He did not say CHURCHES, He said Church. As there is but one Christ, there can be but one Church.

          • What most faux Christians choose to ignore are what Jesus said about achieving salvation: “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it.” And later he said: “Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles? Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evil-doers!”

            There are so many churches based on following a path that is designed to be easy for them to adapt to, falsely thinking that just because they believe on Him, that somehow magically, they’re going to be accepted into Heaven. Completely forgetting that salvation is not offered to those who pick and choose the verses from the bible they feel comfortable with following: it’s either all or nothing and Jesus laid out many commandments that are difficult to follow as recorded for us in Matthew 5, 6 and 7. And Heaven is only available to those who strive to follow ALL OF THEM!!!

      • ococoob says:

        Lana Ward, take ativan and go to bed.

      • DennisRL says:

        Here we have an example of someone using an isolated incident to try to further their bigoted agenda against anyone that is non-white and not christian. This was a person who committed an armed robbery and then murdered two acqaintances over a automobile who happened to be muslim. The acquaintances were from Egypt may or may not have been christian. I had no problem finding out about this story. It was a local New Jersey story about a thug who murdered two people. Why should this be a big national story? Now if it would have been a Methodist killing two Catholics that would have been a big story…right? (idiot!!)

        • lana ward says:

          What was all that blabling about??? I don’t think this was directed to you, was it?? The Tea Party doesn’t behead people, the muslims do. Now wasn’t that simple??

      • RobertCHastings says:

        No, of course they don’t you stupid ass. Only Fox broadcasts live suicides, because they are too stupid to listen to the anchor when he tells the camera to cut. I don’t know if you’ve been watching the news lately (apparently not) but every day TV broadcasts SOMETHING about blacks, or Muslims, or Christians, or Jews, or whites, involved in some sort of violence. But since you only watch BIASED news reports and not REAL news, you wouldn’t understand that.

        • lana ward says:

          The MSM should all be hung. They NEVER report half of the news!! They have ALL hurt the American people by keeping them uninformed!!

          • RobertCHastings says:

            That is the purpose of an education, so the American people can gather their information intelligently, by themselves,without having to listen to the likes of Rush Limbaughor some other black, Latino, other basher. But then, you wouldn’t understand that, would you, since like all your other conservative bff’s, you don’t want the public to be educated. You can’t have it both ways, Marie Antoinette.

  2. Dianna S says:

    I just can’t understand why Native Americans are singled out. I understand that on Indian Reservations, they have their own tribal rules, regulations and their own police/law enforcement and the U.S. government must follow certain precedures to even enter their lands. BUT, Native Americans ARE U.S. citizens with all the rights as the rest of the U.S. citizens, and not all Native Americans live on reservations. But even setting that aside, violence against women is different than other violence due to the increasing white slave market, prostitution, and the involvement of children whose mothers may find it difficult or impossible to escape violence in the home due to the lack of financial means. Without a support system to relocate battered women and their children, helping them to find jobs so that they can support themselves AND their chlldren as even if they have a job, it may not be enough on its own to support a family. Very few men find themselves in this situation………not that it can’t happen…….but society still has difficulty with the notion that equal pay for women should be the norm and not the exception. We are even finding in the military, that a large percentage of women in the armed services are sexually assualted, raped, or discriminated against and that in many cases, the military has turned a blind eye to this issue. It is a disgrace. So, you are correct when you say, violence is violence, no matter what gender, no matter what race, no matter what sexual preference. But unfortunately, more women are assualted, raped, killed, ignored, and taken advantaged of due to their physical differences. The only other alternative would be to raise Amazon women by giving women steroids at birth to equal out the playing field physically. And as I also brought out, it is the children that are usually being raised by the women involved, that follow the women if they do leave. We know that in many cases, that fathers do not financially support their children after divorce or separation. With all of this taken into as a whole, women come out on the short stick when violence occurs. If men did what they were suppose to, and if men treated their spouses or significant others with respect, then it wouldn’t be an issue and thus, this bill wouldn’t be needed. Women must not be afraid to come forward. But just being unafraid is only part of it. They need the support to function and transition into a safe life away from the abuser. This means not only help financially, but also counseling and job re-education to be independent. AND if a man is going through this as well, then I am certainly open for assisting them equally. But we all know that it is women who suffer with this violence more often. Through this Act, the government is showing support and sending a clear message to men that violence against women is no longer allowed, is no longer tolerated or ignored in our courts or in our society. It would be nice if society acted responsibly, paid people equally for their employment, and respected the rights of everyone as they themselves expected to be treated. But the Golden Rule is often forgotten. If would be nice if we didn’t have to use our tax monies to provide a haven for the abused along. with counselling………..but in reality, this kind of nice just doesn’t exist.

    • Hillbilly says:

      Dianna, on the Reservations violence against women is not treated like it is by other law enforcement agencies, most cases of rape and violence are ignored by the law on the Reservations and if a case is made by the tribal police either the heads of the Reservations won’t allow prosceution (not spelled right) of the batterer or rapist or the Federal district attorney will not file a case against the batterer or the rapist so there is no justice for for the victim either way.

  3. WhutHeSaid says:

    The GOP has to learn to do without TP. It’ll be tough going for a while, but it’s a matter of survival.

  4. Dianna S says:

    I don’t know where you live, but I read almost everyday about murders, crimes against children, etc. etc. And guess what? Most are not Muslims. They are people in your own communities. Some are mentally ill, but many are just uncaring, selfish, vile, people. White, Black, Mexican, Asian, whatever……….pick up the newspaper. Read the obituaries. When you see a 19 to 30 year old dead……….they aren’t all dying from cancer or car accidents. I taught teens for 24 years and many of them are now deceased. I read about children being stuffed in crates, old wells, drainage pipes. I have read in the past month about three bodies found in isolated areas……..all white………within fifty miles of my own home. I have read about the baby abandoned at birth in Wal-Mart shopping bag and left on the side of the road in Houston. There is an ongoing court case with a Muslim in our own armed services who committed murder on the Ft. Hood military base. As I said, I don’t know what papers you read, what news programs you watch, or what radio stations you hear………but crimes are not limited to one religion or one race or just the mentally ill. Sometimes it is your own neighbor.

  5. Nomoresmoke says:

    If Missourian Todd Aiken had been elected he would have pushed the Repubes to vote in favor of the VAWA! Like he says, women can shut down on rape whynot on violence? And I wonder why people can even say they are Republicans with a straight face…

  6. Lynda says:

    The war against women continues in our House of Reps. Of course, now we know that the war is only against certain’KINDS’ of women. Thank goodness that the Speaker allowed the Democrats to cover his butt. This is the third time that the Speaker has broken his parties long standing rule about allowing the opposition to have a say in matters. Those voting NO should be run out of town on a rail.

  7. Jim Myers says:

    I certainly hope the women who vote, (as well as those who do not vote), remember the treatment they are receiving from the GOP.

    VAWA is “Brain Dead” easy to support.

    For the life of me, I cannot imagine any sane reason to gut this legislation.

    • Fortunately, you can’t imagin it, because you’re not a small minded, egotistical hypocrite like those who have tried to gut it by including blatantly racist language into the legislation.

    • angelsinca says:

      The bill couldn’t have passed without the ayes’ of the GOP. The TP ‘ers that blocked the votes are the target, not the entire GOP.

  8. Violence Against Women Linked To Burned Pot Roasts
    GAINESVILLE, FL—A study released Monday by researchers at the University of Florida indicates a strong link between domestic violence against women and burned pot roasts.
    “After five years of research, we have found a direct causal link between overcooked, poorly prepared dinners and spousal abuse,” Florida sociology professor and study head Dr. Patrick Redmond said.

    Study data was gathered from interviews, police records, and first-hand observations conducted between 5 and 8 p.m., the hours during which a majority of American men come home from a long, hard day at work and expect a hot meal to be waiting for them on the table.

    According to one 42-year-old male study participant, abuse in his home occurs most frequently “when I sit down at the table, and I gotta eat a goddamn black roast because the broad was yapping on the phone with her mother’s hospice unit nurse again.”
    In addition to unsatisfactorily prepared meals, the study found that a number of other factors were linked to domestic violence, including: always nagging about getting the roof fixed, blocking the TV when the big game is on, and repeatedly demanding to know exactly what goes on at that bar all day and night.

    While domestic violence is widespread, Redmond said there are steps women can take to protect themselves.

    “Based on interviews we conducted with more than 1,000 abusive men, women can significantly reduce safety risks by quickly responding to requests of ‘Get me another beer,’ and making sure that the beer is cold, in addition to making sure that non-burned pot roasts are served hot and in a timely fashion,” said Gregory Ormond of the New York-based Family Crisis Center.

    “Further,” Ormond added, “a majority of the wife batterers we spoke to indicated that it wouldn’t hurt if their spouses took a little effort to make themselves appear more attractive once in a while.”

    Interviews with abusive men also indicated that women who “let themselves go” and “balloon up” shortly after the first few years of marriage are 20 percent more likely to get pasted right in their fat faces, Redmond said.

    In addition to interviews, the Florida researchers conducted a wide range of laboratory experiments involving women who live with abusive partners. Among the experiments’ findings: When the smell of burned pot roast is combined with the simulated sound of a station wagon pulling into a driveway, 43 percent of the women were observed to burst into tears instantaneously.

    Upon learning of the study, American Women’s Health Council president Marsha Hauge expressed hope that its findings will spark a reduction in future incidents of domestic abuse.

    “Education is the key,” Hauge said. “Women need to know there are places to go for help. It isn’t easy to make good, tender pot roast, or even, in some cases, turkey casserole.” Hauge noted that AWHC plans to offer free classes across the country dealing with proper meat preparation.

    “Spousal abuse can be prevented,” Redmond said. “Our research shows that all these men are asking for is a little peace and quiet, and a hot meal each night. Is that too much to ask?”

    • Hillbilly says:

      Is a for real published report that was published in the last two years or is it something that was published in the 50′ 60′ 70’s 80’s or 90’s, because it reads like the ignorant stuff that was published back then always blaming the woman for not doing this or that so her husband’s beats her, it was never his fault even through he was a bully, came home late for supper, drank too much and liked to beat up on the wife because she couldn’t fight back and win. If published recently I would like to take the writer back in time and show him all that he has written trying to always blame the victim is the same trash that was printed about abused women for years I didn’t see any place in the article that the abusher was still the young good looking, cleanly dressed person he was when he married the woman. Reports like this are fit only to be put in a bird cage so the bird can do it’s business on it.

  9. latebloomingrandma says:

    My congressional district was gerrymandered in such a bizarre way, that we now have a teaparty rep. He voted against Sandy aid, and against VAWA, due to the unconstituional questions regarding the Native American tribes. Can anyone here explain what those issues could be, or is our country still screwing our original residents?

  10. Freebird60 says:

    If the government wants to ban stable, law-abiding citizens from owning gun magazines with more than ten rounds, but gives 20 F-16 fighter jets to the crazy new leaders in Egypt … you might live in a country founded by geniuses but run by idiots.

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