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  •  I heard something on NPR about this bill (6+ / 0-)

    Or about two different versions of the bill.

    Teabaggers objected to two things in the more liberal version of the bill (which I'm guessing was the Senate version):

    1) They objected to a provision that said VAWA would apply to lesbians. Apparently, some states didn’t fund programs for same-sex violence against women in the previous VAWA (because they wanted to discriminate against lesbians and it wasn’t explicitly spelled out). So if you’re a woman and a man is beating you up, then you can get help, but if a woman punches a woman, that doesn’t count. I heard some Tea Party idiot say, “What, are we gonna give special rights to women who are redheads?” As if that made any kind of sense.

    2) They also objected to a provision that said Indian tribal courts could have jurisdiction in a case where the woman was a tribal member but the man (or boyfriend or partner) was not a tribal member. The objection was related to allowing Indian tribes to assess a punishment against someone who wasn’t in the tribe (on the one hand), but (on the other hand) if you’re talking about a white guy beating up his Indian wife or girlfriend, the district attorney might have to drive a couple of hundred miles to the reservation to interview witnesses, so the DA might accept a plea bargain or even drop the case because it’s too much work.

    I’m not sure what the final bill says about these issues.

    One more thing: The report said that the Republicans are desperate to pass a bill that shows that they don't hate women. But Boehner was stymied by the idiotic Teabaggers. So once again he had to depend on votes from Democrats to pass a bill. I think we have a good chance to get a Democratic majority in the House in 2014.

    "Stupid just can't keep its mouth shut." -- SweetAuntFanny's grandmother.

    by Dbug on Fri Mar 01, 2013 at 01:41:17 AM PST

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    •  GOP can object any given bill based on ideology (5+ / 0-)

      But what the GOP never own up to is that when they take ideological stands, there are real-life people who suffer as a result.

      By objecting to a few provisions of the VAWA, the GOP allowed the entire bill to expire. Meaning because they didn't want certain groups to get certain protections, their actions effective make it so nobody gets any of the stated protections.

      Another example is the movement to drug test welfare applicants. It's one thing to argue that welfare money should not go to drug users (a debatable position under any circumstance). But the fact of the matter is, when you require drug testing of all welfare applicants, you are spending money on drug tests that could actually go toward welfare applicants.

      It goes on and on and on. The GOP make these great ideological stands that their base eats up. But they never acknowledge the fact that, unlike the Democrats, their positions create victims of people who are more often than not already victims. I wonder if some of them can look themselves in the mirror each morning.

      And I can't find a link anymore, but in a previous diary I read that there was a dozen or so GOP Reps who declared that they would not sign any version of the VAWA.

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