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V.P. Biden: Republicans who slowed Violence Against Women Act renewal are a "Neanderthal crowd"


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Renewing the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) should be a no-brainer. Then again, House Republicans aren't known for their mental acuity, and Vice President Joe Biden knows it. The GOP has never exactly warmed to the idea of expanding access to certain visas for non-citizens who were victims of domestic violence.

Clearly, beating up, maiming, demeaning, and psychologically damaging non-citizens doesn't affect all those compassionate, family-valuesy Republicans the way beating up, maiming, demeaning, and psychologically damaging U.S. citizens does.

Standing by and doing nothing as women experience pain and suffering apparently doesn't faze them, especially women who look and/or sound different than conservative white male Congress members.

This must all be part of that stellar GOP rebranding effort intended to win over more female voters.

And as he is wont to do, Joe Biden called them out.


Touting the success of the Violence Against Women Act, Vice President Joe Biden described those in Congress who slowed the renewal of the measure as a "Neanderthal crowd."

"I'm going to say something outrageous," Biden said at an event at the vice president's residence in Washington Thursday night to celebrate the 19th anniversary of act, which is designed to protect women from domestic violence.

Biden, who took a leading role in the mid-1990's in drafting the legislation when he was a senator from Delaware, said "surprisingly last year we ran into this sort of Neanderthal crowd," to laughter, adding that "I'm serious, I mean, when you think about it, did you ever think we'd be fighting over 17 years, 18 years later? To reauthorize this."

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Live Streaming Video- President Obama and V.P. Biden Speak at the Violence Against Women Act Bill Signing 1:55p EST




These 27 Republicans voted against both versions of the Violence Against Women Act


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Via Think Progress (follow the link for more):

[B]y a vote of 286 to 138, the House passed the bipartisan Senate-approved version of the bill — one that includes added protections for LGBT, Native American, and undocumented victims of domestic violence. All 138 votes against the bill were Republicans.

Again, all 138 votes against the bill were Republicans.

Here's a comment under lwdgrfx's earlier post Voting Against the Violence Against Women Act Must Mean That You’re For Violence Against Women:


Perhaps the bill contains other language that is unconstitutional and gives the government power it isnt entitled to, and once again, the liberals hide it in "feel good" legislation!

Like what? Protecting LGBT? Native Americans? *gasp!* Undocumented immigrants? So Farmgirl thinks it's okay to abuse some women?

Yes, this law does does protect without discrimination. Ooo, scary! And you know what? We libs feel awfully good about legislation like that. What a shame Farmgirl doesn't. Her "perhaps" delusion is only surpassed by her paranoia.

She added this:

If you allow Tribal police to start arresting whites, they lose their sovereignty, and will become irrelevant and the whites will begin to usurp our tribal authority, distressing speech will become a federal offense, and you will begin nationalizing state business. You make a very shortsighted argument for very long range consequences.

Pot. Kettle. Shortsighted.

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Voting Against the Violence Against Women Act Must Mean That You're For Violence Against Women


If your party is already widely perceived as being at the forefront of the War Against Women, why would you vote against an act that protects women unless you're for violence against women?  


I would think that a vote for the Violence Against Women act would be a 'no-brainer' for Republicans.  Apparently not. .  

9 Republican Congressmen voted against the VAWA and here they are: 
Paul Broun (GA)
Scott Garrett (NJ)
Louie Gohmert (TX)
Tim Huelskamp (KS)
Walter Jones (NC)
Steve King (IA)
Thomas Massie (KY)
Tom McClintock (CA)
and Matt Salmon (AZ)

Read more at Think Progress.