War On Women

Reminder: The GOP Doesn’t Care About Women

The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) is set to expire now that the House of Representatives has failed to renew it before adjourning. And because they have failed to do so, the Senate will have to pass another version of the bill because bills passed during the previous session of congress do not carry over to the next session.

The Senate renewed the Violence Against Women Act some time ago, as Steve Benen reminds us.

Back in April, the Senate approved VAWA reauthorization fairly easily, with a 68 to 31 vote. The bill was co-written by a liberal Democrat (Vermont's Pat Leahy) and a conservative Republican (Idaho's Mike Crapo), and seemed on track to be reauthorized easily, just as it was in 2000 and 2005.

House opposition to renewing the bill has centered around granting existing rights to immigrants, Native Americans, and members of LGBT community, but for much of the past few weeks the biggest stumbling block has been opposition to granting additional rights to Native American tribes. Opposition spearheaded by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor.

Native American women suffer disproportionately from sexual assault and domestic violence because Native American tribes do not have the authority to prosecute perpetrators from beyond their borders. But according to Eric Cantor, women who are members of native tribes do not need additional protection.

Because of this stubborn refusal to grant the same protection afforded to most women to groups of women who are at greater risk of abuse because of their unique status, the bill will expire for all women.

It's Republican outreach.

  • trgahan

    Probably off base here, but I seem to remember that between 2000-2006, the GOP pundits saying that one reason they were dominating elections was because women, especially “soccer moms,” where now a GOP voting block and fundamentally conservative by nature.

    Yet since 2010, the GOP has become openly hostile to women’s issues. Can’t help but think this anti-women stance is largely payback for women voters “betraying” the GOP at the polls in 2006, 2008, and now 2012.

  • muselet

    The best explanation I can come up with is that the Rs draw straws whenever a bill like this comes up to decide who will be the designated arsehole (Eric Cantor drew short straw this time).


    • D_C_Wilson

      I think Cantor just volunteers every time.

      • bphoon

        He certainly qualifies easily.

  • zirgar

    Face it, Republicans are against this kind of legislation because if it became law most Republican men would get locked up, and well, who’d be able to vote for the GOP then?

    • D_C_Wilson

      Nah, there’d still be all the closeted gay republicans and their rent boys.