Women showed up to the polls and sent a clear message to the GOP—but that message appears to have fallen on deaf ears.
Stubborn House Republicans refuse to cooperate with the bipartisan coalition of Senate leaders who are demanding the GOP extend the protection of the Violence Against Women Act. The bill was passed in 1994 with sweeping support but earlier this year, the GOP rejected it.
A senior GOP aide told TPM: “Nothing has changed. The House has passed a bill, we are ready to move to conference, and the Speaker has announced his conferees. We are waiting on Senate Democrats to follow suit and act.”
“Six months ago, Senate Democrats passed re-authorization that expanded the law’s protections to LGBT women, illegal immigrants and Native Americans. House Republicans rejected that approach, and in response passed a scaled back version that would make it more difficult for domestic violence victims in the country illegally to achieve legal status.
Democrats have reiterated their insistence that the House take up their version, which passed 68-31 with plenty of GOP support back in April, while the Republicans’ version passed the lower chamber on a more partisan basis in May. As a result, they have no interest in taking up the House GOP’s offer to go to conference.”
Without the extension, resources would be reduced and it would be more difficult to fight domestic violence.
Republicans lost this election. They are not happy about it. Rather than acting like adults and reassessing their strategy, they are holding on to their failed ideology. If it weren’t so irresponsible and sickening, it would be funny. But it’s not funny. They simply do not care if a woman is violently abused. If they cared, we would be seeing progress.
As infuriating as it is, what they are doing is sealing the deal for a Democratic take-over in 2014. Stupid is as stupid does.
Kimberley A. Johnson – A.K.A. The Anti Coulter is the author of The Virgin Diaries and an activist for women’s rights. Like her on Facebook, Twitter or friend her on FB HERE. Vist ARKStories to check out all of her books