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This Year Tennessee Republican U.S. Reps. Scott DesJarlais, Phil Roe, Jimmy Duncan, Chuck Fleischmann, Diane Black, Marsha Blackburn & StephenFincher Voted Against Vital Legislation Protecting Women
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – On the nineteenth anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act, the Tennessee Democratic Party released the following statement:
“The Violence Against Women Act was signed into law by President Clinton nineteen years ago today under the leadership of then-Senator Joe Biden. In the almost two decades since, this landmark law has improved the criminal justice response to violence against women, ensured that victims and their families have access to the services they need, and we have seen fewer instances of domestic violence.
“When the Violence Against Women Act first became law in 1994, as well as when it came up for reauthorization in 2000 and 2005, it passed with overwhelming bipartisan support. This is commonsense legislation that everyone should support, but unfortunately that is not the case for today’s Republican Party.
“Last year, Republicans in Congress tried to weaken the Violence Against Women Act and the majority of the GOP still voted the commonsense legislation earlier this year. Luckily, Democrats voted unanimously for the reauthorization, and President Obama was able to sign it this year. Republicans’ unwillingness to support the Violence Against Women Act is just one of many examples of the Republican politicians from Tennessee opposing common sense legislation that helps women.
“Here in Tennessee, we must hold accountable those who refuse to stand up for the rights of women.
“From Tennessee, U.S. Reps. DesJarlais, Roe, Duncan, Fleischmann, Black, Blackburn, Fincher all voted against VAWA and Gov. Haslam and the extreme GOP legislature continue to deny women and mothers access to affordable health care.
“In 1994, Congress recognized the severity of violence against women and our need for a national strategy with the passage of the VAWA, but it is clear we still have work to do. The fact is that there are still too many women who suffer from domestic abuse and we must recommit ourselves to working towards a solution. As Democrats, we will continue to work tirelessly to prevent violence against all Americans.”
IN 2012, REPUBLICANS BLOCKED EFFORTS TO PASS THE VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN ACT AND TRIED TO OFFER A WATERED-DOWN VERSION
Roll Call: Republicans Blocked A Conference “Causing VAWA To Languish For Months.” “‘Republicans blocked a conference when Sen. Reid tried to set one up in May, causing VAWA to languish for months. Appointing conferees at this point is simply another transparent delaying tactic by Republicans,’ Reid spokesman Adam Jentleson said. ‘The main difference between the House and Senate versions is that the Senate version is overwhelmingly bipartisan. If Republicans truly want to resolve this issue, they will pass the Senate’s bipartisan compromise right away.’” [Roll Call, 7/31/12]
Republicans Objected To Expanding The Violence Against Women Act To Same-Sex Couples, Immigrants And Tribal Populations And Countered With A Pared-Down Bill That Stripped Them Out. “But last April, when the Senate handed its reauthorization bill off to the House, Republican members balked at three new provisions: one expanded protections for gays and lesbians, another did the same for Native Americans, and a third covered undocumented immigrants. Citing various objections to the expansions, House conservatives promptly countered with a pared-down bill that stripped out all three.” [Daily Beast, 1/29/13]
New York Times Editorial: “House Republicans Have To Decide Which Is More Important: Protecting Victims Of Domestic Violence Or Advancing The Harsh Antigay And Anti-Immigrant Sentiments Of Some On Their Party’s Far Right. At The Moment, Harshness Is Winning.” “With Congress just days away from its August break, House Republicans have to decide which is more important: protecting victims of domestic violence or advancing the harsh antigay and anti-immigrant sentiments of some on their party’s far right. At the moment, harshness is winning. At issue is reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act, the landmark 1994 law central to the nation’s efforts against domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking.” [Editorial, New York Times, 7/24/12]
New York Times Editorial: The Violence Against Women Act Could Pass If Republicans Drop Their “Narrow-Minded Opposition To Stronger Protections For All Victims Of Abuse” – “Republicans Will Bear Responsibility For Blocking Renewal Of A Popular, Lifesaving Initiative.” “Mr. Boehner’s leadership could break the logjam — but that, of course, would also require his Republican colleagues to drop their narrow-minded opposition to stronger protections for all victims of abuse. Unless something changes, Republicans will bear responsibility for blocking renewal of a popular, lifesaving initiative. This seems an odd way to cultivate moderate voters, especially women, going into the fall campaign.” [Editorial, New York Times, 7/24/12]
IN 2013, THE MAJORITY OF CONGRESSIONAL REPUBLICANS VOTED AGAINST REAUTHORIZING THE VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN ACT
A Large Majority Of House Republicans Voted Against Reauthorizing The Violence Against Women Act. 138 House Republicans voted against reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act. Only 87 voted in favor. [S. 47, Passage, Vote #55, 2/28/13]
22 Senate Republicans Voted Against Reauthorizing The Violence Against Women Act. 22 Senate Republicans voted against reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act. [S. 47, Passage, Vote #113, 2/12/13]
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