May 16th, 2012
06:30 PM ET
2 years ago

House passes GOP version of Violence Against Women Act renewal

Washington (CNN) - The House of Representatives passed the Republican version of the Violence Against Women Act on Wednesday, despite strong opposition from Democrats.

The GOP version, passed 225-205, offers a stark contrast from the bill passed by the Senate in late April, which will lead to further political fighting as both chambers attempt to work out a compromise over the law's reauthorization.

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  1. Common sense

    According to the World Health Organization (WHO), violence affects millions of women in Africa. In a 2005 study on women’s health and domestic violence, the WHO found that 50 per cent of women in Tanzania and 71 per cent of women in Ethiopia’s rural areas reported beatings or other forms of violence by husbands or other intimate partners.
    In South Africa, reports Amnesty International, about one woman is killed by her husband or boyfriend every six hours. In Zimbabwe, six out of 10 murder cases tried in the Harare High Court in 1998 were related to domestic violence. In Kenya, the attorney general’s office reported in 2003 that domestic violence accounted for 47 per cent of all homicides.
    ARE WE STILL COMPLAINING ABOUT NON EXISTENCE WOMEN VIOLENCE IN AMERICA! TIME TO DO AWAY WITH THIS ALIMONY CRAP! AND STOP REWARDING SINGLE MOTHERS!!! "oh I was brought up by a single mother that's why I want to be a senator or a president" WHY WAS YOUR MOTHER SINGLE ?

    May 16, 2012 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  2. Sniffit

    "But that message aimed at winning over female voters could get tougher to sell this week in the latest skirmish in gender politics - over legislation helping victims of domestic abuse - when House Republicans present their new messenger."

    But that message aimed at winning over female voters could get tougher to sell this week...as the MSM helps House Republicans by doting over their messenger.

    FIFY

    May 16, 2012 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  3. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Thank you Mr. President for forcing the GOP to back the Violence Against Women Act and it doesn't make any difference if a GOP uses a woman to deliver their message of support, they're just copying what Democrats have already done.

    May 16, 2012 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  4. The REAL Truth...

    Had this been presented by the Obama administration, all of you righties would be screaming and pouting that this is politically motivated. Coming from the right, this is now of course, "good for women" and not politically motivated.
    Given the source, I laugh in their faces.. this is so much posturing, it's infantile. Let's see what "legislation" this nuts come up with to try and prove they are pro women...

    May 16, 2012 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  5. Obama 2012 - BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of FAILURE

    I can hardly wait to hear the hate filled libtard attacks on this woman. THAT is the true war on women.

    May 16, 2012 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  6. Obama 2012 - BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of FAILURE

    When will the Democrats support the Violence Against the Unborn Act??? Isn't it time to stop the killing of babies?

    May 16, 2012 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  7. Sniffit

    So she experienced this kind of suffering but doesn't want gay people, native americans and immigrants to receive that kind of help when they suffer the same kind of abuse? Gotcha. Disgusting. This is nothing more than the GOP/Teatrolls' cynicism and COWARDICE shining through. They hate certain groups of people so much and consider them so sub-human that they would resort to HIDING Behind this woman and her own tragic experience just so they can try to throw the victim card if anyone criticizes her. One MUST ask what kind of person can go through what she went through and yet still not want to help EVERYONE AND ANYONE who is suffering through the same abuse. But will the MSM ask it? NO. They'll play right along with the GOP/Teatroll victim card set-up so they can sensationalize it as all the more controversial. "Liberal LSM" indeed.

    May 16, 2012 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  8. rs

    So the GOP decides to not re-pass the Violence Against Women Act, then, because of the heat they get for that and their other fronts on their War on Women (anti-birth control laws, anti-abortion laws, discriminatory health care laws, etc.), they cobble one together in the House that actually weakens protections for minority women, Native American Women, and women who are illegal aliens, and the heat is back on. Wonder why? They claim its Democrats making this a "wedge" issue in an election year. In truth (something the GOP has a great deal of difficulty with) it is their own stupidity- why in the world should a law meant to stop violence against women strip some women of protection?

    Dear GOP- Americans like fairness- as you continually attempt to discriminate or marginalize portions of the population, this is the heat you'll get.

    May 16, 2012 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  9. rs

    Bend- When will the GOP get real about dealing with the problems of Amercians? Right now the GOP defines "life" as beginning at the bedroom door handle, and ending at birth. They are so concerned about the unborn, pretty much at the cost of everything else, but don't give a crap about anyone actually living- unless of course, they have the weath of Mr. Romney and his ilk. The GOP ardently supports the death penalty, un-necessary wars that kill thousands, and are actually eager to strip the poor, sick, and elderly of any governmental assistance.

    May 16, 2012 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  10. Thomas

    So, it just sounds like the GOP wants to change the language of the current act and that the new language is unclear as to how it relates to LGBT community. Why are they changing it at all?

    Also, VAUA would open the gates for further anti-abortion laws. You religious folks love your freedom, unless someone disagrees with you.

    May 16, 2012 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  11. Lynda/Minnesota

    Apparently Sandy Adams would rather garner support for her own life story then give equal rights to ALL who have been abused, be they gay or straight. Typical GOPer mentality.

    May 16, 2012 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  12. Independent Voters

    Republican are running scare that why they come up with anything.

    May 16, 2012 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  13. American

    Sorry, not buying it. Rep. Adams joined the congressional attacks against women by voting party-line to take away rights from American women instead of focusing on jobs, jobs, jobs...

    May 16, 2012 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  14. rs

    This is a very typical GOP bill- it betters one group, at the expense of others. This my friends is the real politics of division and dissent.

    May 16, 2012 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  15. Rudy NYC

    So, basically it is another ideological fight again. Democrats have toughened and clarified the language in the bill, while Republicans have diffused and obfuscated the language, supposedly allowing for loopholes. Which approach do you think is better? Clarification, or obfuscation?

    May 16, 2012 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  16. Four and The Door

    The White House late Tuesday threatened to veto the House GOP bill, in part because it "fails to include language that would prohibit discrimination against LGBT victims."
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    Obama never misses an opportunity to play purely political games. Mitt Romney will not waste time in Washington trying to start political battles. Apparently Obama doesn't want to waste time in Washington actually getting useful legislation passed. We see how well Obama's method works. It's time to move forward and get some results.

    Romney 2012

    May 16, 2012 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  17. American

    In fact, Rep. Adams just recently voted to take away vital healthcare from women & children instead of scaling back on exorbitant oil subsidies, which the majority of Americans oppose.

    May 16, 2012 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  18. RealityBites

    The true war being waged here is the finanical looting of our children and grandchildren futures.
    Which apparently CNN hasn't been cleared to discuss in public.

    May 16, 2012 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  19. Donkey Party

    BEND – the things you say have become more insanely ignorant every day. It's already clear you know absolutely nothing about politics, and now it's clear you know nothing about reproduction. Turn the lights off in mommy's basement, and give it up already, you're embarrassing yourself.

    May 16, 2012 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  20. Sniffit

    "ARE WE STILL COMPLAINING ABOUT NON EXISTENCE WOMEN VIOLENCE IN AMERICA! TIME TO DO AWAY WITH THIS ALIMONY CRAP! AND STOP REWARDING SINGLE MOTHERS!!! "oh I was brought up by a single mother that's why I want to be a senator or a president" WHY WAS YOUR MOTHER SINGLE ?"

    I guess someone's mad about having to pay alimony, huh?

    May 16, 2012 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  21. GROVER NORQUIST IS A ENEMY OF THE STATE/ConservaFASCISTS

    The messenger may be different, but the party's stance is still the same.

    May 16, 2012 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  22. Sniffit

    "Obama never misses an opportunity to play purely political games."

    Trying to make sure that EVERYONE AND ANYONE suffering domestic violence and abuse is protected is a "political game"? Right.

    "Mitt Romney will not waste time in Washington trying to start political battles."

    Indeed. He won't be winning his way to Washington in the first place.

    "Apparently Obama doesn't want to waste time in Washington actually getting useful legislation passed."

    Protecting gay, lesbian, transgendered, native american and immigrant women and men from domestic violence and abuse is not "useful"? Interesting. Go spend some time with a Webster's Dictionary.

    "We see how well Obama's method works"

    Works pretty well actually. He offers the rope, the GOP/Teatrolls take it. Rinse and repeat until it's time to pick out a ceiling fan to finish it.

    May 16, 2012 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  23. Lynda/Minnesota

    "Obama never misses an opportunity to play purely political games."

    Because domestic violence should only be defined as that which occurs between one man and one woman, Four? In my book, violence against "anyone" - no matter their lifestyle - ought not to be condoned. Period.

    May 16, 2012 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  24. Obama 2012 - BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of FAILURE

    rs - Right now the GOP defines "life" as beginning at the bedroom door handle, and ending at birth.
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    So I take it you are in favor of abortion as a form of birth control? A living and viable human being can be murdered.

    The GOP ardently supports the death penalty, un-necessary wars that kill thousands, and are actually eager to strip the poor, sick, and elderly of any governmental assistance.
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    Yes, there are crimes so heinous that the criminal should forfeit his right to live so that the rest of society doesn't have to live in fear of their lives.

    Democrats also voted for the wars. Please educate yourself.

    And on government assistance, please stop drinking the koolaide. The truly needy will always be taken care of in America. But the Democrats have turned almost half the country into government dependents and that number is growing every day. It is unsustainable just like every other hair brained scheme they concoct. Believe it or not, human beings are capable of living and thriving WITHOUT daily intervention and money from the government. You should try it sometime. It is very liberating.

    May 16, 2012 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  25. GROVER NORQUIST IS A ENEMY OF THE STATE/ConservaFASCISTS

    When will the Democrats support the Violence Against the Unborn Act??? Isn't it time to stop the killing of babies?
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    I bet you're against contraception and the morning after pill. Why should people have to have children they don't want? I'm not having kids so some war mongering republican President can send them off to an unprovoked war. Have all the kids you want and have them serve in the military.

    May 16, 2012 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
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