In an all-too-rare show of bipartisanship, 15 Senate Republicans joined with the Democratic majority last month to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act, the landmark 1994 law that is key to efforts against domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking.
Unfortunately, the lopsided 68-to-31 Senate vote halted G.O.P. opponents only temporarily. The House Judiciary Committee last week approved its version of the reauthorization bill, which not only omits improvements the Senate bill made to the law but also removes existing protections for immigrant women, putting them at greater risk of domestic and sexual abuse.
The Senate’s measure ensures that victims are not denied services because they are gay or transgender. It also strives to ensure that domestic violence crimes committed by non-Indian men in tribal communities are prosecuted. The Senate bill also would modestly expand the availability of special U-visas for undocumented immigrants who are victims of domestic violence. That move was supported by law enforcement to encourage victims to come forward and testify against their abusers.
The regressive House alternative removes these and other improvements, including new protections for students on college campuses. The House measure would eliminate a confidentiality requirement in current law that protects the identity of immigrant women who file domestic violence complaints against a spouse who is a citizen or legal resident and allows the women to apply for legal status on their own.
House Republicans claim there is a big fraud problem in this area, but there is no hard evidence of that. And their plan to end the centralized handling of these issues by a Vermont-based office would undermine the government’s ability to detect untruthful stories.
House members on both sides of the aisle who are serious about combating domestic violence must work to defeat this atrocious bill. If that fails, the Senate will need to insist on fixing it during the reconciliation process.
Would love to hear my Republican / conservative followers defend their party on this, please.
Basically, the parameters for debate in the United States about Israel range all the way from ‘I unequivocally support them and might bomb Iran’ to ‘I unequivocally support them and will definitely bomb Iran!’
Although, to be fair, there are some prominent politicians willing to criticize the Israeli government, even willing to say stuff like ‘Israel is not about to be destroyed… With his crazy analogies, the Prime Minister is diverting attention from Iran to his fearmongering’; or ‘Netanyahu’s words on Iran sound like a calculated preparation for a reckless adventure’; or ‘Israel is making a mistake in its unwillingness to recognize a Palestinian state.’
Oh man, I’d love to play soundbites of those quotes for you… but they’re in Hebrew. ‘Cause they were said by members of the Israeli Knesset. Because apparently, in Israel, you are allowed to criticize Israel — and still hold public office.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on Congressional Republicans’ agenda to impose government intrusion on individual liberty when it comes to matters of sex.
And here’s Nancy on the roaring silence from Congressional Republicans, who cower in fear of GOP Boss Limbaugh, on his heinous, misogynistic public attacks on an innocent young woman:
“They won’t disassociate themselves from it. They’re tattooed with it.”
You go, girl!