Violence Against Women Act passes in the Senate

Mark Rubio ultra right wing Republican Senator from Florida whose name has been floated to be Romney’s vice presidential candidate apparently thinks violence against women is a good thing as he voted against the Violence Against Women Act.

Thus showing once again how much Republicans hate women.

From The LA Times:  http://www.latimes.com/news/politics/la-pn-violence-against-women-act-passes-in-the-senate-20120426,0,2304689.story

By Lisa Mascaro Washington Bureau
April 26, 2012

WASHINGTON — Sidestepping a politically dangerous fight, Senate Republicans made temporary peace with Democrats to approve the reauthorization of a popular law designed to help prevent and respond to domestic and sexual abuse.

Passage of the Violence Against Women Act on a 68-31 vote gives momentum to the legislation, which would reauthorize more than $650 million in programs. Fifteen Republicans joined Democrats in passage. But the bill still faces hurdles in the House, where Republican leaders plan to offer an alternative proposal.

“The Violence Against Women Act is an example of what the Senate can accomplish when we work together,” said Sen. Patrick J. Leahy (D-Vt.), the bill’s author.

Usually the reauthorization has bipartisan support. But this year it has become enmeshed, at least temporarily, in the partisan wrangling that has dominated this Congress.

Senate Democrats sought to expand the legislation to specifically ensure protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. Their version, which had a robust 61 cosponsors, also sought to increase the number of visas available for immigrant women facing abuse.

Continue reading at:  http://www.latimes.com/news/politics/la-pn-violence-against-women-act-passes-in-the-senate-20120426,0,2304689.story

See also Huffington Post: Al Franken Weeps While Speaking In Support Of Violence Against Women Act

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