Eric Cantor Targeted Over Stalled Violence Against Women Act
Written by Administrator
Tuesday, 05 February 2013 19:25
WASHINGTON -- With House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) set to give a major speech Tuesday aimed at showing his party's softer side, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has launched a new ad accusing Cantor of stalling last year's Violence Against Women Act reauthorization.
"The Senate is about to pass a new Violence Against Women Act and send it to the House. But what will Eric Cantor and Tea Party House Republicans do?" begins the two-minute video, released Tuesday morning. Against the backdrop of sad piano music, the video features clips from cable TV news shows of people talking about last year's VAWA bill. In the clips they say the legislation is being held up over House GOP opposition to new protections for LGBT, Native American and immigrant victims of domestic abuse. The Senate added those provisions into the bill, but House Republicans refused to support them, calling them politically driven. VAWA didn't get reauthorized as a result.
Democrats and Republicans Reignite Fight Over VAWA
Written by Michelle Cottle
Tuesday, 05 February 2013 19:19
The election is over. The battles are done. You’d think if there was one thing Republicans and Democrats could agree on, it’s fighting violence against women. Think again.
Much of the Beltway was still nursing an inaugural hangover when lawmakers gently but firmly waded back into the so-called war on women. Last Tuesday, Democrat Patrick Leahy and Republican Mike Crapo announced legislation aimed at reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act.