Violence Against Women Act expires, House GOP takes the blame

If you were feeling nostalgic for the good old days of 2012 and the never-ending cries of the GOP’s “War on Women,” good news! While Congress managed to put together an abomination of a fiscal cliff deal and avert the “milk cliff” with a temporary farm bill extension, legislators let 1994’s Violence Against Women Act expire. Since the House GOP is being blamed for everything else, why not take the fall here as well? Obviously, Republican representatives hate women and are pro-rape, right?

Many consider the VAWA to be “bipartisan” legislation that should have no problem being renewed. So while many blame the House GOP for suddenly blocking legislation that the Senate passed in April, they fail to note that the House passed its own version of the bill in May. Among the points of contention between the bills were expanded protections for green card holders, which some feared could be abused by immigrants to obtain visas. The Senate version would also expand the jurisdiction of Native American courts, allowing tribal courts to prosecute non-Native Americans.

With Congress managing to leave so much undone in 2012, it doesn’t take a war on women to explain how the VAWA fell through the cracks. Congress will almost certainly take up the bill in the next session, and programs that receive money from the VAWA will continue to be funded through March. That doesn’t keep the House GOP from shouldering the blame for keeping the war on women going into the new year, though. Will Republicans manage to get a handle on the “war on women” meme before 2016? Could they start now?

  • Lady 12

    No! No! I did not see that Pauley Perette tweet! I love NCIS, the lib actors can’t ruin that show, too!

    • CloneSix

      Unfortunately she has quite the history here on Twitchy. It sucks when an actor’s ignorance ruins a great show.

      • Lady 12

        I usually don’t read who says the tweets, just what they say, but that one caught my eye. However, in an attempt to find a conservative actor on NCIS to counter her liberalism, I found a story about how Mark Harmon saved two teenage boys from a flaming car wreck. I’ve decided that justifies my and anyone’s continued viewing of NCIS. That, and the problem that not watching shows because the actors are liberal would probably limit a person to Touched by an Angel.

        http://articles.latimes.com/1996-01-04/local/me-20850_1_burning-car

        • CloneSix

          That’s good to know. While I’ve taken many fashion cues from Abby, I’ve always wanted to be Gibbs when I grow up! Your info will put some of the joy back in Tuesday evenings. ; )

          • Lady 12

            There was more cool stuff on Wikipedia, if you need more reasons to watch Harmon. Also, the show itself is pro-Israel and pro-military, which is impressive for its coming from Hollywood.

        • madian_kikyou

          But I LOVE Touched By an Angel!

          • Lady 12

            Me too, but they lack the humor of NCIS and the Zivaisms.

      • Sonya A. Willis

        As long as they’re not out lecturing everyone while being a big hypocrite (see Marg Helgenberger, Demand a Plan actors) I can keep enjoying a show/movie. Unfortunately that’s becoming harder and harder these days.

        • Lady 12

          Mark Harmon, Cote de Pablo, Sean Murray, and Michael Weatherly all seem to keep their mouths shut. Do they cancel out that idiot?

  • GTFOBigGovt

    “gop let go by waist side women …”

    • bananafanafo

      R’s pass a 5 years extension in May on the VAWA! RESEARCH what ur talking about rather then showing how stupid you really R

    • Catchance

      Yup… gotta wonder why it seems that so many of the LIV’s can’t spell or write a coherent sentence. Oh, wait…

  • Howzah123

    Our country is rotting away on the inside because of Cultural Marxism. Truth is a disease to these nutjobs.

  • http://twitter.com/judywmiller judy w. miller

    Crock o Crap. Can we say gender determined abortion?

  • TundraThunder

    It would be the GOP’s fault If the sun doesn’t rise in the morning, /sarc

    • louisiana_mom

      Well, yeah! Because we are anti-science… or something…

      • Shawn Smith

        Yup, just yesterday I saw a scientist on the street in a lab coat with a clipboard, and I barely restrained myself from beating him to death on the spot! Grrrr! Science!

        • catb55

          The only ones I have seen attacking women are the DEMS ..(Palin, Love, Bachmann, etc. ) .. seems if we got rid of Dems women would be a LOT safer!

          • Christian Gil

            Are you on drugs?

          • bananafanafo

            OPEN BORDERS is a Democratic Policy. If your talking a drugs

          • Shawn Smith

            If you want to talk about women’s physical safety, then why don’t we discuss Democratic politicians such as Ted Kennedy (murderer), Bill Clinton (rapist & serial sexual harasser), & Jim Moran (physical abuser & father of abuser). Yeah, I think Republicans still have a better record here.

          • bananafanafo

            Just another way they create WarOnReligion! Where’s the law for my, “CHOICE” of RIGHT OF CONSCIENCE ? I live on my PRINCIPALS!

          • v1cious

            Oh that’s rich. Do you really want me get into all the right’s comments about Hillary Clinton and Michelle Obama? How about Sandra Fluke?

  • Love of Country

    … meanwhile, 9 out of 10 battered women incidents occur in DNC precincts where “snitches” end up in ditches so those battered women are damned/killed if they report the recurring crimes against them and damned if they don’t. Here, once again, on gender relations and just like on race relations, the DNC is predictably projecting all of their numerous and regrettable vices, misgivings and venom upon the righteous GOP and naturally with the unyielding/growing help of the nefarious state run media and a vastly stupid electorate (the Left) much of it sticks …

    Hello Lord of the Flies meets Animal Farm.

  • golfmax13

    Good God Almighty! How much of this crap do we have to take without fighting back? Isn’t it about time the GOP unlocked the door to the PR department?

    • Vennoye

      Nope….time for a new party! Have given up on the GOP….the brand is toast!!

      • Shawn Smith

        Conservatives politicians will always face a dangerous problem: Conservatism is about limited government and liberty. For a politician who gets elected, implementing conservative ideas means giving up power at every turn. (As every conservative will admit) this goes against flawed human nature. That’s why it’s easy to get as liberal a politician as you want in government, but RINOs become disturbingly common.

        The only long term solution is to set up a system that keeps any one person from accumulating much power like . . . oh hey, the Constitution that liberals so disdain.

        It’s still a problem, though.

  • http://twitter.com/MoueLaMoue Moue La Moue (D)

    The stupid is just getting deeper. Awesome. /sarc.

  • Jack Deth

    Geeeee…..

    There was nowhere near this kind of ridiculous hoopla and vitriol when the Clinton Assault Rifle Ban was allowed to expire.

    And just how many lives did it and the Violence Against Women Act save?

  • Shawn Smith

    I wonder how Jim Moran voted on this “Violence Against Women Act.” Do you think he pushed for a trash can exception?

  • http://ConservativeMom.net/ LoriGirl

    ERA! Now it’s OK to be violent to both sexes!

  • SonsOfMontesQ

    vawa should be allowed to expire. is and always has been unconstitutional re enumerated powers

  • louisiana_mom

    As far as I know most states have laws against physical violence… So, why would we need special legislation? Just enforce the existing laws…

    • Shawn Smith

      It’s the same with hate crime legislation. I’m not defending the people who did it, but punishing people *differently* based on what they thought is one small step from punishing people for thinking it.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TF2bBsKCBhA

      He says it better than I could.

  • BeyondPolls

    The best way to defeat violence against women is to desert your deadbeat boyfriend. You can also oppose gender-selective abortion, which almost always targets unborn girls.

    • Catchance

      Exactly!

    • Matthew Lane

      You don know that men are the main victims of violence, right? An that in both non reciprocal & reciprocal intimate partner violence cases men make up 50% of the victims.

      Fuck stopping violence against women, how about we just focus on stopping violence against people.

      • BeyondPolls

        Yeah, we need to start by ending abortion.

        • Matthew Lane

          /facepalm. Mate, those two things are in no way related. I think maybe you are deliberatly trying to muddy the waters with this kind of rhetoric.

          • BeyondPolls

            How is abortion not abuse?

          • Matthew Lane

            Because its a viable medical procedure… Thats like saying how is cutting out a dangerous cancer not abuse. You’d have to be an idiot to take that kind of stance.

          • BeyondPolls

            More women died from abortion procedures this past year in America than in any other year before. That’s not women’s health.

          • Matthew Lane

            were dig you dredge that fake statistic up from?

          • BeyondPolls

            It’s not fake. In 2012, there were multiple accounts of women bleeding to death in Planned Parenthood clinics. In other, nonfatal instances, women were rushed to the hospital from PP clinics for excessive bleeding and hemorrhaging.

          • Matthew Lane

            Yeah its totally fake. If its not fake supply the source for your data.

          • BeyondPolls
          • Matthew Lane

            /facepalm.

            So the greatest evidence you could provide for your claim was an article on a pro-life, family first christian web-site, about a survey from a different country, that incidentally doesn’t actually exist (the survey, not the country).

            Thats right, the article referenced was 100% made up, exactly like your claim.

            Congrats on being incredibly gullible.

          • BeyondPolls

            Why do you consistently cling to the lie that abortions are safe for women’s health?

          • Matthew Lane

            Why do you consistently talk bullshit, have it disproven & then jump to speaking more bullshit?

            You made a claim, then i kicked the rhetorical feet out from under you. Now you are making a new claim. Go back & prove your previous claim, or admit that you were talking rubbish.

          • Matthew Lane

            Why do you consistently talk bullshit, have it disproven & then jump to speaking more bullshit?

            You made a claim, then i kicked the rhetorical feet out from under you. Now you are making a new claim. Go back & prove your previous claim, or admit that you were talking rubbish.

          • Matthew Lane

            /facepalm. I’m not sure if it was you or moderators that took down your page of links, to a christian right, right to life news site, but how did you think that was going to be any more convincing then the lasty lot i debunked?

            An abortion like any operation is a medical operation, especially medically necessary late term abortions.

            This is still not evidence for your claim of & i quote

            “More women died from abortion procedures this past year in America than in any other year before.”

            So either admit you were talking shit, or back up your statment… Because i dont intend to go on to your next statment until you’ve done so with the first one.

          • BeyondPolls

            I didn’t take down the links. Post to me on Mediaite and I can give them to you again.
            How is an abortion a medically necessary operation? Are you insinuating that the unborn child is part of the mother’s body?
            That statement was made in one of the articles as far as I can remember.

          • Matthew Lane

            look mate, i’m not going to chase you around to another website, so you can continue to fail to supply evidence for your initial claim & i have no intention of moving on to any subsequent claims until you either justify the original claim, or renounce it as being wrong. If you can’t do that with your initial claim, there really is no point going ono to any further claims, as you’ll just do the same there too.

            so justify your claim of “More women died from abortion procedures this past year in America than in any other year before” or cease replying.

          • BeyondPolls

            I didn’t take down the links. Post to me on Mediaite and I can give them to you again.
            How is an abortion a medically necessary operation? Are you insinuating that the unborn child is part of the mother’s body?
            That statement was made in one of the articles as far as I can remember.

          • Matthew Lane

            /facepalm. I’m not sure if it was you or moderators that took down your page of links, to a christian right, right to life news site, but how did you think that was going to be any more convincing then the lasty lot i debunked?

            An abortion like any operation is a medical operation, especially medically necessary late term abortions.

            This is still not evidence for your claim of & i quote

            “More women died from abortion procedures this past year in America than in any other year before.”

            So either admit you were talking shit, or back up your statment… Because i dont intend to go on to your next statment until you’ve done so with the first one.

          • BeyondPolls

            Why do you consistently cling to the lie that abortions are safe for women’s health?

          • Matthew Lane

            /facepalm.

            So the greatest evidence you could provide for your claim was an article on a pro-life, family first christian web-site, about a survey from a different country, that incidentally doesn’t actually exist (the survey, not the country).

            Thats right, the article referenced was 100% made up, exactly like your claim.

            Congrats on being incredibly gullible.

  • VL123

    Hell ya! Let the war continue…when all those woman are defeated this country will be great again! Along with defeating the minorities. (And if you don’t sense the sarcasm, then you are a politically correct leftist fool).

  • garygramscom

    Hmmm, so the VAWA expires the same time al gore announces his deal with aj jazeera… interesting. So do I have to grow a beard and not bathe to beat a woman now?

  • aPLWBinAK

    Listening to these lying idiots, one would think that Republicans had suddenly made it legal to visit violence upon women…..I truly despise Progressives

  • BeeKaaay

    And of course we can’t blame the DEMOCRATS who did not bother to even put forward a bill to renew this legislation.

    Nope!

    That’s how leftwingwackos roll – lazy and liar.

  • libertyluvur

    emotional knee jerk reaction..yup that’s a rad lib

  • Harriet Garner

    What intense efforts can we take to revive the Violence Against Women Act?

  • $30423294

    Oh my gosh, this reminds me of the old days when radical feminists used to grunt that over thirty thousand women are murdered on Super Bowl Sunday every year by their oppressors due to sexism or the existence of men or something. Every mainstream media outlet dutifully repeated the factoid.

    You youngsters don’t remember, so I need to tell you: Turns out the whole thing was — brace yourselves! — made up.

    They knew their sympathizers were stupid then. Over the intervening years they have mastered ways of augmenting that stupidity and using it against us.

    On a related note, the nausea-inducing television show Maude is back on the air in reruns, so that’s kind of fun. Those propaganda tools led to halcyon days of gender equality in America, didn’t they? Oh wait, they led to this degenerate culture we wake up to every day. Never mind.

    Weep with me, won’t you?

  • bananafanafo

    Pasted in May For “ALL” women DIDN’t make any1 SUPERIOR under the law is why the DEMOCRATS hate it.DEM’S WANT 2 DIVIDE by LAW! LAWS CREATED EQUAL 4 ALL NOT SUPERIOR under the law!

    • $30423294

      Good point. The feminist movement is a pagan gender supremacy cult that murders its children to appease God-knows-what dark forces lie within it.

  • Joe W.

    I would much rather they pass a “Violence against the unborn” Act. Women can take care of themselves by utilizing their 2nd Amendment privilege. Oh wait….libs are against the 2nd Amendment. Never mind….

  • Canadian in USA

    Question: if it was such important legislation before, why did it have an expiry date?

  • v1cious

    “House passed its own version of the bill in May.” So scrap an 18 year old bill, and water it down… No one sees a problem with this?

  • Hauntedgirl

    What is the point of the act in the first place? Laws regarding violence already exist, what is another piece of legislation going to do to curtail the behavior? Men are victims of violence as well, is there a violence against men act? Pieces of legislation like the vam are a way to make it seem as though government is actually working, depressing that so many fall for the ruse.

  • madian_kikyou

    These people need a serious reality check.

  • J.N. Ashby

    I don’t get how making women feel better about violence against them is the government’s job. If a guy rapes a woman, it’s rape. That’s already a crime. If a guy punches a girl in the face, that’s battery. Already a crime. If it’s domestic, the crime is still there. Sue him for damages.

  • Matthew Lane

    Ding dong the VAWA act is dead

    *does a little dance*

    Don’t care how or why it died, i only care its dead. At last that sexist set of laws are dead… No more by-passing due process to protect women, no more women being able to use the act as a way to kick men out of there homes during divorce proceedings.
    At last we can stop pandering to this sexist nonsense… The same sexist nonsense that was being used by particular DA & ADA’s to bringing in frvilious charges against men.

    *continues to do a little dance*