Marco Rubio, just a few hours before last night’s now infamous Poland Spring moment, was one of only 22 Senators — all male, all Republican — who voted against the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). In a statement on his official Senate website which is funded by your tax dollars and which he calls, “Fighting For Florida,” Republican Senator Rubio stated that although he believes “we should have re-authorized the existing Violence Against Women Act… I could not support the final, entire legislation that contains new provisions that could have potentially adverse consequences.”
(Note: This morning Senator Rubio slammed climate change believers – who can scientifically prove global warming actually has “adverse consequences” — as opposed to the ravings of the Heritage Foundation who oppose the VAWA on fake “potentially adverse consequences” grounds.)
So, what were Rubio’s huge reasons for voting against the VAWA?
“Specifically, this bill would mandate the diversion of a portion of funding from domestic violence programs to sexual assault programs, although there’s no evidence to suggest this shift will result in a greater number of convictions.”
So, we should deny women support because Marco Rubio thinks there isn’t science to state unequivocally that a change will work?
“These funding decisions should be left up to the state-based coalitions that understand local needs best, but instead this new legislation would put those decisions into the hands of distant Washington bureaucrats in the Department of Justice.”
U.S Senator Marco Rubio is also a “distant Washington bureaucrat.” He’s even looking to sell his $675,000 house to move his family full-time to Washington.
“Additionally, I have concerns regarding the conferring of criminal jurisdiction to some Indian tribal governments over all persons in Indian country, including non-Indians.”
Because we couldn’t have, say, local groups “that understand local needs best” to make decisions, locally, now could we?…
Marco Rubio’s Twitter page includes at least three dozen tweets leading up to and from his Republican response to President Obama’s State of the union address. Not one on his vote against VAWA.
Fortunately, the Violence Against Women Act did pass the Senate, by a huge 78-22 vote margin.
No thanks to the Senator who is “Fighting For Florida.”
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