House Will Likely Pass the Violence Against Women Act Tomorrow

Finally: House Republican leaders are ready to let their VAWA bill go to make way for the Senate's legislation, which includes protections for LGBT, Native American and immigrant survivors of domestic violence. From the Huffington Post:

Here's the House GOP plan procedurally, based on House Rules Committee actions Tuesday night: The House is expected to hold two VAWA votes on Thursday. The first will be to strip out the language of the Senate VAWA bill and replace it with the House GOP language. Since that isn't expected to pass, lawmakers will then vote on the Senate VAWA bill itself. A GOP source involved in negotiations conceded that there is greater support for the Senate bill, and that the Senate version is likely the one to pass. That means VAWA could land on President Barack Obama's desk by the end of this week — the version sought by the White House and Democrats.


The two separate votes are necessary so that Republicans who want to "look good" (because we live in a country where "looking good" sometimes means preferring not to protect women) can go through the movements before grudgingly voting on the Senate bill. Whatever works, we guess! The most important thing is that Republicans have finally realized that it's time to stop fighting over legislation that has and will continue to hurt them politically.

The above parody video is care of the Ms. Foundation, and it's pretty funny. More sobering is this excellent and chilling Time photo essay on domestic violence. Photojournalist Sara Naomi Lewkowicz writes:

Domestic violence is often shielded from public view. Usually, we only hear it muffled through walls or see it manifested in the faded yellow and purple bruises of a woman who "walked into a wall" or "fell down the stairs." Despite a movement to increase awareness of domestic violence, we still treat it as a private crime, as if it is none of our business.

Please take a look.

[Huffington Post]



The thing that bugs me is that VAWA has actually helped domestic crimes against men more than domestic crimes against women (I've heard this is because it provides support and other options to women who feel their only option is to take out their abuser if they want to leave).

So why are Republicans so against it, again?