Campaign 2010

May 11, 2012

FACT CHECK: Walsh Voted Against Considering the Reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act

At tonight’s debate, Congressman Joe Walsh falsely claimed he never voted against considering the Violence Against Women Act.

 

In reality, although funding for the Violence Against Women Act has always previously passed with strong bipartisan support, Congressman Joe Walsh voted against considering the Violence Against Women Act in March.

 

Background:

 

Walsh Voted Against Considering the Reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act. On March 28, 2012, House Republicans voted against considering a reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act sponsored by Rep. Gwen Moore (D-WI). [H Res 597, Vote #139, 3/28/12]

 

Republicans Blocking Violence Against Women Act. “The once broadly bipartisan 1994 legislation that now faces fierce opposition from conservatives…Last month on the conservative Web site Townhall.com, the conservative icon Phyllis Schlafly called the Violence Against Women Act a slush fund ‘used to fill feminist coffers’ and demanded that Republicans stand up against legislation that promotes “divorce, breakup of marriage and hatred of men.” [New York Times, 3/15/12; Mother Jones, 3/20/12]

 

Fewer Domestic Violence Cases since Creating the Violence Against Women Act. Since the Violence Against Women Act was first enacted, fewer people are experiencing domestic violence. Between 1993 and 2010, the rate of intimate partner violence declined 67%. Between 1993 and 2007, the rate of intimate partner homicides of females decreased 35% and the rate of intimate partner homicides of males decreased 46%. [White House, accessed 5/8/12]

 

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