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Thu Feb 28, 2013, 12:09 PM

Congress Passes Reauthorization of Violence Against Women Act

Source: New York Times

WASHINGTON — The House voted on Thursday to pass the Senate’s bipartisan reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, in a big victory for President Obama and Democrats in Congress.

The legislation passed on a vote of 286 to 138, with 199 Democrats joining 87 Republicans to push the reauthorization of the landmark 1994 law, which assists victims of domestic and sexual violence, across the finish line.

Though the reauthorization passed the Senate earlier this month with 78 votes — including those of every woman, all Democrats and just over half of Republicans — a version unveiled by the House last Friday immediately came under sharp criticism from Democrats and women’s and human rights groups for failing to include certain provisions offered in the Senate bill.

The House bill excluded specific protections for gay, bisexual or transgender victims of domestic abuse — eliminating “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” from a list of “underserved populations” that face barriers to receiving victim services — and stripped certain provisions regarding Native American women on reservations.


Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/01/us/politics/congress-passes-reauthorization-of-violence-against-women-act.html

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Reply Congress Passes Reauthorization of Violence Against Women Act (Original post)
onehandle Feb 2013 OP
JustAnotherGen Feb 2013 #1
JackBeck Feb 2013 #2
JustAnotherGen Feb 2013 #5
freshwest Feb 2013 #7
Raine1967 Feb 2013 #9
freshwest Feb 2013 #13
BlancheSplanchnik Feb 2013 #16
JackBeck Feb 2013 #3
Sander Feb 2013 #4
TrogL Feb 2013 #6
another_liberal Feb 2013 #8
sheshe2 Feb 2013 #10
iandhr Feb 2013 #11
Myrina Feb 2013 #12
BlancheSplanchnik Feb 2013 #17
freshwest Feb 2013 #18
Iliyah Feb 2013 #14
BlancheSplanchnik Feb 2013 #15
tclambert Feb 2013 #19

Response to onehandle (Original post)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 12:10 PM

1. I'll wait to cheer

When I find out if it was the Senate's or the watered down IndieTeaPublican House's version.

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Response to JustAnotherGen (Reply #1)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 12:12 PM

2. It was the Senate's version.

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Response to JackBeck (Reply #2)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 12:20 PM

5. NOW

I will cheer!

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Response to JustAnotherGen (Reply #1)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 12:21 PM

7. Obama told the House he wouldn't sign their effed up version and let the fire burn.

I'm hoping this is how all of these go - that the GOP sees that elections have consequences. By their own punditry's terms, Obama won in a landslide. The sooner the Teahadists face the new reality in this country and the world, the better.

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Response to freshwest (Reply #7)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 12:25 PM

9. It's the Senate Version:

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Response to Raine1967 (Reply #9)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 12:55 PM

13. Thanks, I've been wanting to see that one. Obama had tried to get protection before:



That was before the Tea Party took over Congress. So I don't know what happened to the funding when they got in, but you know they didn't want to pay for anything. Now this and much more to stem violence and heal victims will be funded.


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Response to freshwest (Reply #7)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 02:53 PM

16. ! +100000000000000000000000000001

You always have such an educated viewpoint, fresh! And always succinct. You're one of the people I learn a lot from. (Ok ok...from whom I learn a lot!)

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Response to onehandle (Original post)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 12:16 PM

4. The House voted 286 to 138 on Thursday to pass the bipartisan Senate version of VAWA.

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Response to onehandle (Original post)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 12:22 PM

8. I imagine more than a few Representatives . . .

I imagine more than a few Representatives got more than a few e-mails and phone calls. Hmmmm?

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Response to onehandle (Original post)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 12:30 PM

10. Greatest news of the day!

Yes!

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Response to onehandle (Original post)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 12:43 PM

11. Its about time.

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Response to onehandle (Original post)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 12:51 PM

12. Not a 'victory for Obama and Democrats' ... a victory for HUMAN BEINGS.

Un-freaking-believable that it even became such an issue to reauthorize the damn thing!!

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Response to Myrina (Reply #12)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 02:55 PM

17. Obama, Democrats, human beings---

Same thng!

Repukes? Not so much.

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Response to BlancheSplanchnik (Reply #17)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 03:09 PM

18. K & R'ing right there!

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Response to onehandle (Original post)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 12:57 PM

14. These evil GOPpers wanted to exclude

Native American women, gay's and some minorities. How compassionate. They complained it would "hurt" men, mainly white ones. These Motherf**kers are hateful, they need to be voted out OR better yet, cut their paychecks, reduce health-care and give them furloughs.

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Response to onehandle (Original post)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 02:48 PM

15. big victory for President Obama and Democrats in Congress. 

YES!!!!

Keep winning!!!!! Activism WORKS!

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Response to onehandle (Original post)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 03:11 PM

19. I read that headline wrong at first.

I thought it said "Congress reauthorizes violence against women." And things have gotten this bad--it did not surprise me.

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