U.S. Senator Marco Rubio led a charge of twenty-two male Republican senators trying to block the long-expired Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), but lost the fight. The Senate just passed the bill by a huge 78-22 margin. No women or Democrats voted against the bill.
Speaker of the House John Boehner will now have to decide whether or not to bring the bill to the House floor for a vote. It’s doubtful he’ll be in a rush to do so.
Who are the 22 Republican senators who voted against the Violence Against Women Act?
John Barrasso (Wyo.), Roy Blunt (Mo.), John Boozman (Ark.), Tom Coburn (Okla.), John Cornyn (Texas), Ted Cruz (Texas), Mike Enzi (Wyo.), Lindsey Graham (S.C.), Chuck Grassley (Iowa), Orrin Hatch (Utah), James Inhofe (Okla.), Mike Johanns (Neb.), Ron Johnson (Wisc.), Mike Lee (Utah), Mitch McConnell (Ky.), Rand Paul (Ky.), Jim Risch (Idaho), Pat Roberts (Kansas), Marco Rubio (Fla.) and Jeff Sessions (Ala.)
“VAWA expired during the previous Congress, and because of Republican opposition to provisions for Native American,undocumented, and LGBT victims of domestic violence, the different versions approved by the House and by the Senate were never reconciled, and the bill died without final passage at the end of 2012,” Annie-Rose Strasser at Think Progress just reported:
Since its inception in 1994, VAWA has established a system for helping women in danger. The law created the National Domestic Violence Hotline, made stalking illegal, and helped drive down the number of partner homicides.
Two Senators — Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) — also offered significant amendments to the VAWA bill. Grassley’s amendment stripped all Native American, LGBT, and undocumented victim protections. It was voted down on Thursday of last week. Cornyn’s, aimed exclusively on the bill’s language relating to tribal lands, failed on Monday.
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