We wrote in this week’s issue of LEO that the House GOP was holding up passage of the Senate’s Violence Against Women Act reauthorization bill — instead offering a different version that stripped protections for the LGBT community, Native Americans and immigrants — but the word out of Washington this morning is that Republicans are set to cave tomorrow, allowing a vote on the Senate bill.
WASHINGTON — Bowing to pressure from within their own party, House Republican leaders Tuesday night appeared to clear a path for House passage of the Senate’s broadly bipartisan reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act.
The House Rules Committee, an arm of leadership, approved a bifurcated process to consider the legislation, which would broaden the landmark 1994 law. The House will vote on a Republican version on Thursday that contains provisions that weaken a Senate version that empowers Native American courts to prosecute non-Indians accused of violence on tribal land. The House version also does not explicitly extend programs to prevent domestic violence and treat its victims to members of same-sex relationships.
If that version fails to win passage, the House will take up the Senate-passed version — at this point the likely outcome. That would ensure a swift White House signing ceremony.
This is great news for vulnerable women across the country, as well as the domestic violence groups within Kentucky who do the great work that is partly funded by VAWA.
However, it’s not great news for Sens. Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul, or their misogynist buddies in the “Men’s Rights Activist” movement. Good luck defending that vote in the next couple of years, guys.