A Ringing Endorsement for House Republican Violence Against Women Act


From House Democrats?  Nope.

Leading women’s organizations?  Sorry – groups that oppose this dangerous legislation include: the U.S. Conference of Mayors, National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, National Network to End Domestic Violence, National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs, Break the Cycle, Legal Momentum, Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, National Organization for Women, Feminist Majority, YWCA USA, AAUW, Business and Professional Women’s Foundation, National Women’s Law Center, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, American Bar Association, NAACP, National Council of La Raza, Human Rights Campaign, United Church of Christ, United Methodist Church, Jewish Council for Public Affairs, and National Congress of American Indians.

But the Republican rollback of VAWA received a special endorsement today from a group particularly attuned to victims of domestic abuse.

The Huffington Post – House VAWA Bill Picks Up Unhelpful Ally: National Coalition For Men

The House Republican version of the Violence Against Women Act reauthorization, which has been decried by women’s rights groups as a dramatic rollback of protections for domestic violence victims, has picked up the backing of a group that may prove to be an unhelpful ally: the National Coalition For Men.

Talking Points Memo – National Coalition For Men Endorses GOP Version Of VAWA Bill

…the president of the National Coalition for Men, wrote to endorse the House GOP’s VAWA bill over a Senate-passed counterpart that extends the laws protections to same-sex couples, immigrants, and native American women (you can read the full letter here):

“The House has the opportunity to pass H.R. 4970, a victim-centered VAWA reauthorization bill, endorsed by women and men. Those opposing H.R. 4970 loudly assert that VAWA serves all people, which is absurd on its face given the name of the Act. Opposing versions, by omission and lack of specificity, generally exclude men, particularly heterosexual men, regardless of specious arguments to the contrary.”

It’s one testimonial that says it all.

Now is the time for the House GOP to take a cue from their friends across the Capitol and bring the bipartisan, Senate-passed VAWA to the House floor immediately:

Washington Post’s Plum Line – GOP Senator pressures House Republicans on Violence Against Women Act

It’s been widely reported that house Republicans are in a difficult spot over the Violence Against Women Act, at a time when the battle over the female vote has intensified between the parties.

Now, with a high stakes vote on a version of the measure set for later today, things could get a bit harder: A female Republican Senator is joining with Democrats to call on House Republicans to drop their opposition to the Democratic version of the bill, which extends protections to same sex couples.

Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska has added her name to a letter signed by Senator Patty Murray and 11 other Democratic Senators calling on John Boehner to pass the Senate version of the bill, which passed the Upper Chamber already with an overwhelming majority of 68 votes…

The safety and security of American women depends on it.

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