Our boy Biden slams GOP for VAWA opposition

We are at a ridiculous point in modern political history where Republicans are opposed to anything and everything if a Democrat supports it.  It appears that this even applies to the idea that victims of domestic violence need support.

No, seriously — we’ve said here already: the modern GOP is opposed to the re-authorization of the Violence Against Women Act.

When the right claims that the “war on women” is a figment of the feminist imagination, send them a link to this blog post.  The Republican party is opposed to the re-authorization of the Violence Against Women Act.

I repeat: The Republican party is opposed to the re-authorization of the Violence Against Women Act.

I mean we can all agree that violence against women is bad right?  And we can all agree that survivors of domestic abuse need assistance, right?  So why are Republicans opposed to funding that assistance?   Hang ups in this current version of the bill is additional provisions supporting undocumented and LGBT survivors.

Vice President Joe Biden, who sponsored the original Act, spoke out yesterday pretty much flabbergasted that this has become a partisan fight.  He said he thought we were “beyond questioning the need for the Violence Against Women Act,” adding: “The idea that we’re still fighting about this in the Congress, that this is even a debatable issue, is truly sad. [It] should just be over in terms of the debate about it. . . . What are we arguing about?

Good question Mr. Vice President.

There are enough votes for the Act to pass but the fact that there has been any opposition at all is very troubling and the Republicans should be called out for it and voters should know it. ‘Cause you know what’s awesome about free and democratic elections? We can vote people out.

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  • http://feministing.com/members/toongrrl/ toongrrl

    Go Vice-President Biden! What is the GOP full of contrarians lately?

  • http://feministing.com/members/blueeyes90/ blueeyes90

    This is one of the reasons I don’t vote Republican.

  • http://feministing.com/members/stellarose/ Stella

    Conservatives have always been opposed to this law. One of the basic consitutional law cases you read in law school is the one where conservative, states-rights, federalism folks had large portions of the law struck down as violating the commerce clause. Not that this makes it ok, but their opposition to VAWA is nothing new.

    You can read about the cases here:


  • http://feministing.com/members/madamimadam/ Adam

    The act shouldn’t get a pass just because of its title. We should read it to know what’s in it, then decide. The current version of VAWA has many changes that people should be free to debate, rather than vilified because they don’t blindly accept whatever words come after the title.

  • http://feministing.com/members/courtkneestl/ Courtney

    The law passed in 1994 with bipartisan support. There have always been conservatives who were opposed to the law, but congress has moved so far to the right that what was once extreme conservatism is now pretty much normal. I am just in so much shock and awe at the politicians who are using this as a wedge tool and put politics before helping victims of domestic violence . It’s impossible to reason with the anti-equality, anti-choicers these days that I cannot even express my frustration.

    I’m grateful that Biden has spoken up about this and I hope people keep talking about this.

  • http://feministing.com/members/robbieloveslife/ Robert

    I can’t believe the GOP won Congress seats in 2010. Apparently mainstream voters either don’t know about their views or they just weren’t pissed off enough to not vote for them. From what I’ve read, Obama has a tough time passing bills because of the republican-controlled Congress. I don’t know all the details of VAWA but I’ve heard from men and women that the law goes overboard in arresting men. Normally I would say any law protecting innocents is good but there has to be a good reason normal people outside the GOP also oppose VAWA.

  • http://feministing.com/members/cassius/ Brüno

    Maybe they are not against VAWA per se, but against vawa in its current form. As it is it is a tool frequently used by divorce lawyers against husbands who never committed domestic violence. That is because there is no need for any proof whatsover.