Ms. magazine  -- more than a magazine a movement

SIGN UP FOR MS. DIGEST, JOBS, NEWS AND ALERTS

FEMINIST WIRE NEWSBRIEFS

ABOUT
SEE CURRENT ISSUE
SHOP MS. STORE
MS. IN THE CLASSROOM
FEMINIST DAILY WIRE
FEMINIST RESOURCES
PRESS
JOBS AT MS.
READ BACK ISSUES
CONTACT
RSS (XML)
 
feminist wire | daily newsbriefs

May-16-12

Obama Administration Threatens to Veto House Version of VAWA

The Obama Administration released a Statement of Administration Policy (PDF) yesterday in which the administration threatened to veto the House version of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), HR 4970, because it does not contain many of the protective provisions that are included in the Senate version. These provisions include protection for LGBT, immigrant, and Native American victims of domestic or sexual violence.

In the Statement of Administration Policy, the administration blasted HR 4970 for allowing abusers to be notified when domestic violence victims file a VAWA complaint. In the Statement, the administration wrote, "these proposals senselessly remove existing legal protections, undermine VAWA's core purpose of protecting victims of sexual assault and domestic violence, frustrate important law enforcement objectives, and jeopardize victims by placing them directly in harm's way." The Statement also says that "if the President is presented with HR 4970, his senior advisors would recommend that he veto the bill."

The House Judiciary Committee passed the Cantor/Adams VAWA Reauthorization bill in a nearly straight party line vote on May 8th. Only one Republican, Ted Poe (TX-2), joined the Democrats in voting no. The Committee, in denying consideration of the substitute bill of Ranking Member John Conyers (D-MI), essentially rejected what Vice President Biden (the principal author of the original VAWA) called the "real McCoy" VAWA Reauthorization, which passed the Senate with a bipartisan 68-31 vote in late April.

Media Resources: ThinkProgress 5/16/12; Statement of Administration Policy 5/15/12; Reuters 5/15/12; Feminist Daily News Wire 5/9/12


© Feminist Majority Foundation, publisher of Ms. magazine

If you liked this story, consider making a tax-deductible donation to support Ms. magazine.

 

 

Send to a Friend
Their
Your
Comments
(optional)


More Feminist News

2/26/2015 If This Bill Passes Federal Law Will Mandate Consent Education in Public Schools - Right now, federal law does not require health or sex education to include sexual assault prevention - but that could change with a new bill introduced by Senators Claire McCaskill (D-MO) and Tim Kaine (D-VA). The Teach Safe Relationships Act of 2015, which was introduced earlier this month, would require all public secondary schools in the country to include teaching "safe relationship behavior" in order to help prevent domestic violence and sexual assault. . . .
 
2/26/2015 President Obama Pushed for Immigration Reform at a Florida International University Town Hall - President Obama attended an immigration town hall at Florida International University yesterday to discuss immigration policy. . . .
 
2/25/2015 Obama Just Vetoed the Keystone XL Pipeline, But The Fight Isn't Over - President Obama used his executive powers to veto the highly contentious Keystone XL pipeline construction proposal yesterday. . . .