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House GOP Defeats Violence Against Women Act For First Time Since 1994

Submitted by on January 4, 2013 – 10:21 amNo Comment

The Violence Against Women Act was not renewed for the first time since it was initially passed in 1994. House Republicans objected to bipartisan amendments from the Senate that extended the act’s protections to gay men, lesbians, undocumented immigrants, and Native Americans.

The VAWA appropriated federal money toward the investigation and prosecution of violent crimes against women, and made certain assurances that women could face their alleged attackers in court. (One of those provisions was struck down by a split Supreme Court in 2000.)

It appeared in recent weeks that even conservative Republicans were willing to strike a deal, but the bill was not brought to a vote by house leaders John Boehner and Eric Cantor- the same men who brought you no vote on the Sandy Relief bill. Cantor had even reportedly been in negotiations with the bill’s original sponsor- Vice President (and former Sen.) Joe Biden.

Despite the loss of several of the House’s most extreme voices, Sen. Patty Murray thinks their influence still defeated the bill. She told the Huffington Post:

“I think they are still so kowtowing to the extreme on the right that they’re not even listening to the moderates, and particularly the women, in their caucus who are saying they support this.”

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