Biden thumps GOP over Violence Against Women Act
May 4th, 2012
04:41 PM ET
6 years ago

Biden thumps GOP over Violence Against Women Act

Washington (CNN) - Vice President Joe Biden targeted House Republicans on Friday in the fight to renew the normally-bipartisan Violence Against Woman Act.

Speaking at the Young Women's Christian Association conference in Washington, Biden accused the GOP of "scheming" in its opposition to the bill, trying to find a way to cut down the law without losing points with women voters.

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"The other team, the other boy, other folks in Congress. This is not your father's Republican Party," Biden said to about 400 women in the audience. "The other team is taking on virtually every one of the initiatives you and I fought so hard to establish."

Biden initially co-authored the bill as a senator before it became law in 1994. The most recent version up for reauthorization expands the law's funding and protections for same-sex couples, immigrants and tribal communities.

Congressional Republicans, however, argue the new additions have been injected by Democrats hoping to pass legislation under the cloak of domestic violence issues.

"I regret there are competing versions," Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Arizona, said in late April. "Especially since I believe all of us support (the) current law."

Given the title of the act and the political risk associated with opposing it, Senate Republicans reluctantly backed down in their fight against the bill. It passed the Senate by a 68-31 vote last week and now heads to the House Judiciary Committee for a vote on Tuesday.

But House Republicans have said they're drafting a version that excludes some of the Democratic-backed provisions in the Senate version, a move likely to stir more controversy.

While Biden applauded the Senate for renewing the law, he pleaded with House Republicans to do the same.

"We shouldn't even be having the debate," the vice president said, arguing that VAWA typically passes re-authorization with ease. "If it's based on results, why are we even talking about this?"

The VAWA uproar represents the latest marker in what's become an ugly battle over the women's' vote this election year.

While Democrats have been eager to paint the GOP as anti-women," Republicans, notably its presumptive presidential nominee Mitt Romney, have repeatedly faulted President Barack Obama for major job losses among women since he took office.

- CNN Senior Congressional Producer Ted Barrett contributed to this report.

Filed under: 2012 • House • Joe Biden • Republicans
soundoff (69 Responses)
  1. Democrat Class Warfare - Destroying the economy, destroying the country

    Egads... will the Obama/Biden smoke and mirror show EVER end???!!!! HAVE YOU SEEN THE LATEST JOBS REPORT?!! How about the Obama War on JOBS?!!!

    May 4, 2012 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  2. Bob

    The Repuke War on Women continues......

    May 4, 2012 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  3. Terry

    The Gop wants these woman to have equalaity as much as the quarom of 12 wants Black Elders in the salt lake temple!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 4, 2012 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  4. Joyce

    How many jobs did Bush create.... heee, how many was lost under Bush? Short memories for true. The lot of you seem to forget that Bush spent 8 years putting this country into the worst depression since 1937, yet you would like to see Obama bring it back in 3 years.The good for nothing congress is to be blamed 99 per cent of the time for whatever the country is going through now , and dont tell me it is not true

    May 4, 2012 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  5. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    The GOP needs to be more than "thumped." As a group who has been waging a war on women, they need to have their butts kicked back the 1800's, where they seem to be living. I never thought I would see the day when the republicans mirror the Taliban.

    May 4, 2012 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  6. Optimist

    @Democrat Class Warfare: Do you work, if you do you are spending too much of your employer's time blogging. Your comments are strange and you need some mental help.

    May 4, 2012 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  7. The REAL Truth.. (not the imposter)

    @Democrat Class Warfare – Destroying the economy, destroying the country
    – How about the GOP War on JOBS?!!! They're doing a REAL good job of shipping them anywhere but the US!
    Yeah, not the kind of ware we need to win..

    May 4, 2012 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  8. Michael

    Anyone remember the racist Biden say '"You cannot go into a 7-11 or a Dunkin' Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent. Oh, I'm not joking.'"? With the kutcher indian ad being pulled, thought this might be interesting news.

    May 4, 2012 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  9. rla

    Joe- you are just trying to crate another minority that you think can be controlled by the goodness of Washington and will vote for your faux handouts. Women are protected like everyone else by our laws and to make a case that they need a special law with women on it is an insult to Americans.

    May 4, 2012 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  10. California Gary

    Egads.......have you forgotton how many thousands of jobs we were losing each month before Obama got into office? Have you also forgotton how many times the Republicans have blocked bills that would have helped the economy in order to hang a bad economy around Obama's neck? Lay the blame where it belongs friend.

    May 4, 2012 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  11. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    If you take away the right wingnuts' ability to wage violence against women, that will only leave them NASCAR and shooting. That would be a bummer.

    May 4, 2012 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  12. Sniffit

    "And WHY are all of these MINORS being used as Obama's political props??? Did all of their parents sign releases for them to attend this waste of time?? They SHOULD be in CLASS learning."

    This from the guy who practically posted an offer to give Chris Christie a happy ending in the article about him giving some kid a tardy note.

    May 4, 2012 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  13. rla

    Hmmmmmm even Ben L knew he was unprepared for president and he keeps proving it!

    May 4, 2012 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  14. jimcolyer

    Biden looks retarded.

    May 4, 2012 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  15. Sniffit

    And the MSM as a whole lacks the basic courage to sit one of the GOPers/Teatrolls down and ask them the very simple and obvious question: "Please explain why gay couples, immigrants and/or Native Americans either do not need or do not deserve the same protections the VAWA offers to straight women."

    *Crickets* (followed by a very angry GOPers/Teatroll pushing his chair back, saying "I didn't authorize that question" and then fleeing the studio)

    May 4, 2012 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  16. PitBull

    Smoke and mirrors just about says it all. Thank you.

    You can bet your life the Republicans are right and the underhanded Democrats have ADDED to the original Bill which the Republicans supported the and STILL support now. Biden is distracting from the additions as usual.

    I'm not impressed with Biden. He, like Pelosi, are supposed to be Catholics but support Abortion; contaception and gay marriage????? At least Santorum never wavered in his loyalty to his Faith. Biden and Pelosi sold their birthright for a mess of pottage!
    If they're disloyal to their Faith for personal profit – they're not likely to be faithful to their Country.

    May 4, 2012 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  17. jimcolyer

    Biden looks mummified.

    May 4, 2012 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  18. Yomi Olalere

    I bet if our opponent has a daughter, he probably would know how to defend women right or at least speak with his Republican congress to pass the law withou the usual drama. Wiat a minute! he has grand daughters so why would he be hesitant to support a law that will slience violence against women?

    So much for "Republicans love women."

    May 4, 2012 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  19. rla

    To Calif Gary-- The republicans blocked ineffective laws and saved us billions in additional debt. Please don't give advice if you are from the failed state of california!

    May 4, 2012 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  20. Sniffit

    Let's reduce this down to something VERY simple that everyone can understand:

    The GOP/Teatrolls' policies ARE violence against women.

    Yes, I said it...and it's 100% TRUTH. May the conservatives choke on it.

    May 4, 2012 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  21. NVa Native

    GOP's War on America will bury them.

    May 4, 2012 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  22. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    rla – By Ben L, do you mean bin Laden, the master mind of 9-11 who Obama brought to justice?

    May 4, 2012 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  23. Ilya

    The Department of Labor released the April jobs report this morning. The economy added just 115,000 jobs, once again shy of "expectations," and the headline unemployment rate ticked down to 8.1 percent. The media are working hard on behalf of Obama's re-election campaign by conveying that things are getting better. The truth is, however, the reason the rate is going down is because people are simply leaving the workforce. Some 522,000 people gave up, and labor participation is now at its lowest since 1981. Forward!

    May 4, 2012 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  24. Ilya

    Coincidence – Obama will begin his campaign (officially) on May 5, which just happens to be Marx's birthday.
    He has been campaigning "unofficially" since November 2008.

    May 4, 2012 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  25. Mikey

    @Class Warfare – Yes,we saw the jobs report. An increase of 130,000 private sector jobs, the 26th consecutive month of growth. Together with the upward revisions to the February and March numbers, private sector jobs are now 184,000 higher than reported last month. Unemployment is down to 8.1%, continuing the downward trend that has seen that rate decline a full 1% in 8 months. At that rate of decline, unemployment will be under 7.5% on election day.

    Things could be better if the GOP had persued their campaign rhetoric of jobs, jobs, jobs instead of immediately announcing after the election that their #1 priority was to damage the Obama presidency so he would be "one term President" (don't deny it – several members of congress said it, including the Minority Leader in the Senate on more than one occasion). The only other high priority they seem to have is attacking women's reproductive rights and reaffirming that "In God we Trust" is our motto.

    May 4, 2012 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
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