House GOP Lets Violence Against Women Act Expire
House GOP opposed new protections
By Mark Russell, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 3, 2013 5:19 AM CST
This Nov. 21, 2011 file photo shows Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., speaks outside her office on Capitol Hill in Washington.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

(Newser) – Public scorn may have saved the vote on emergency aid funding for superstorm Sandy victims, but the same can't be said for the Violence Against Women Act. The Huffington Post reports that the latest version of VAWA—which was originally signed in 1994 and reauthorized in 2000 and 2005—was reauthorized by the Senate in April. But the House balked at new provisions extending protections to undocumented immigrants, Native Americans, and LGBT individuals, and instead passed a version in April without the additions.

But despite a late push by Joe Biden and signs enough House Republicans were ready to support the Senate version for it to pass, House leadership refused to let the measure come to a vote. The Huffington Post earlier spoke with sources who claimed Eric Cantor was particularly opposed to the bill's Native American component, which would have given expanded jurisdiction to tribes. "The Senate bill was already very much a bipartisan compromise, it seems very unfortunate that the House chose to fight the provision," the head of Futures Without Violence told the Guardian. Lawmakers plan to reintroduce the bill in the 113th Congress, which begins at noon today.

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Jan 5, 2013 5:37 PM CST
At times I am ashamed to be of the party of Lincoln. Republicans. President Lincoln wouldn't allow this. Enters Satan: The GOP. It allows the Violence Against Women Expire. Because Women who are not like them cannot get protection....unless you are a citizen we don't care if you are a woman, you will not be protected. Undocumented women who change their motel beds and serve them fast food do not qualify. Native American women who through no fault of their own were born Native American and not caucasian do not qualify. We sure as hell did not tell the Navajo Code Talkers they coulnd't serve; who saved thousands of American Lives in the war with Japan, Thankfully we have a President who won't take this @#$%. No one messes with President Obama.
Jan 3, 2013 3:36 PM CST
VAWA is BS! Why is this a federal government issue at all? The feds should only be funding national defense - everything else is each state's responsibility. Let the states deal with domestic violence, not just for women, but for anyone at risk.
Jan 3, 2013 3:06 PM CST
Somehow this doesn't surprise me. Maybe Cantor thinks that if we give Native American tribes more authority that they'll try and take their country back. Of course the whole notion of 'cantor thinking' could be an oxymoron.