Violence Against Women Act & Tea Party

The Violence Against Women Act of 1994 (VAWA) is a United States federal law (Title IV, sec. 40001-40703 of the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994, ) signed as by President Bill Clinton on September 13, 1994. The Act provided $1.6 billion toward investigation and prosecution of violent crimes against women, imposed automatic and mandatory restitution on those convicted, and allowed civil redress in cases prosecutors chose to leave unprosecuted. A tea party is a formal, ritualized gathering for afternoon tea. 5.0/5

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BREAKING: Eric Cantor will step down as Majority Leader. Tea Party now is in full control of Congress. After losing his seat to a reckless Tea Party extremist last night for not being extreme enough, Eric Cantor will step down as House Majority Leader. The Tea Party extremists who are battling to replace him want to defund Planned Parenthood, privatize Social Security, supported the Ryan Budget and voted against the Violence Against Women Act and the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act! And their attitude is “my way or the highway.” Compromise and bipartisanship are dirty words. Eric Cantor's — hardly a moderate himself — departure means that the House of Representatives is going to get even more extreme.
Follow us to defeat a Tea Party extremist who opposed the Violence Against Women Act.
Attention Leon County voters! On Feb. 21, Rep. Steve Southerland wrote me to express his support of the Violence Against Women Act. He stated, "Heinous crimes are committed against women each day, and with this legislation, law enforcement will have the tools they need to better combat these wrongdoings and help prevent them in the future." The bill came up for a vote in the House yesterday and was approved. Guess who voted no. Correct - our illustrious Congressman Southerland. It is one thing to oppose something on fiscal, moral or idealogical grounds - it is quite another to lie to a constituent, and mislead those who put you in office. Time for this Tea Party pawn to go. There is a movement afoot to draft Gwen Graham, daughter of Bob, to run in 2014. If she agreees, I'm on board. I hope you'll join me.
If you live in Cathy McMorris Rodgers Congressional District please read this & make this call! According to House Republican leaders, some people don't deserve to be protected from a violent partner. That's why they're stalling--again--on the expanded Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). Earlier this month, a bipartisan majority in the Senate voted to reauthorize VAWA with expanded protections for some of the most vulnerable communities--Native Americans, immigrants, and LGBT people.1 But extremists in the Tea Party-controlled House have been blocking reauthorization of VAWA since last year precisely because they are opposed to these expansions.2 On Friday, Republicans in the House introduced a new version of the bill that leaves out protections for LGBT people, and weakens protections for Native Americans.3 Republicans are trying to sneak through this watered-down, discriminatory bill, hoping that passing any version of VAWA will take the political heat off them. We need to let them know that they can't . ...
Please remember that the man who is currently giving the Republican Response to the State of the Union, Senator Marco Rubio, voted against re-authorizing the Violence Against Women Act earlier today. He disagrees with Roe v. Wade. He opposes equal rights for LGBT Americans. He supports extending the Bush tax cuts for the extremely wealthy. He was elected Senator because of Tea Party support during his 2010 Primary and he is the person that Republicans believe is the best representation of who they are as a party today.
I don't have time for a screencap - but this message was just dumped on both the Senator's pages. Expect an influx of angry libertarians and Tea Party folks for a rebuttal to the prebuttal I just delivered. And no - I don't think I'm going to watch ANY of it. - Senators (Rubio and Rand), allow me to be the first to congratulate you on your principled stand to protect violent, angry and abusive men across this great nation of ours. I may or may not watch your competing rebuttals to the president's State of the Union Address tonight, but I felt compelled to stop by and tell you personally how abhorrent your votes were today against the Violence Against Women Act. I'm not sure if you know this or not, but women have been voting since August 26, 1920 - and most of them tend to dislike being used as a punching bag (or political wedge issue). You might want to review your 'principled stands' on reproductive rights, too. Just a thought. I know you're probably sitting in front of a room full of staff at the momen ...
It still astounds me that the reauthorization of the Federal Violence Against Women Act is stalled in Congress. The act was first passed in 1994, and has been expanded and reauthorized several times until this last spring, when the act's reauthorization ran squarely in the post-2010 House Republican majority, which "reauthorized" it after excluding protections for *** and transgender, immigrant, and tribal women. People, we're talking about saving lives here. Can't we put aside politics for a moment and work together to do something about domestic violence? Or is the physical safety of American women not a lofty enough goal for the Tea Party majority in the House of Representatives?
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