Campaign 2010

Mar 07, 2013

Tea Party Republicans Falsely Take Credit for VAWA – Even Though They Fought It

Tea Party Republicans are trying to pull a fast one on the American people by falsely claiming that they supported the Violence Against Women Act that the President is expected to sign into law today. In reality, two-thirds of House Republicans voted against final passage of this vital legislation that would protect women from domestic violence.

“The fact is, Tea Party Republicans want to take credit for something they fought tooth and nail for more than 500 days: a law to help protect all women and their children from domestic violence,” says Emily Bittner of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “It’s shameful that these disingenuous Tea Party House Republicans are trying to take credit for a bill that passed overwhelmingly – without their support. Tea Party House Republicans must stop saying one thing at home and doing the opposite in Washington.”

Local news outlets are calling out Tea Party House Republicans on trying to take credit for the Violence Against Women Act:

Arkansas GOP congressmen vote against protecting abused women [Arkansas Times, 2/28/13]

House passes Violence Against Women Act with no Ark delegation support [Arkansas News, 2/28/13]

U.S. Rep. Tim Walberg showed support for Violence Against Women Act, but voted against it [MLive.com, 3/01/13]

Vicky Hartzler's deception on Violence Against Women Act [Kansas City Star, 3/05/13]

Misleading headline: How Rothfus, Murphy voted on domestic violence [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 3/06/13]

Back in their districts, Tea Party Republicans are falsely trying to take credit for passage of the Violence Against Women Act in press releases and Facebook posts:

After Voting Against VAWA, Steve King Issued Statement Saying He Supported VAWA. “I supported VAWA in 2005, 2012, and today I voted in support of the House version to see that victims of domestic violence and sexual assault have access to the resources and protection when they need it most.” [Office of Steve King, 2/28/13]

Congressman Robert Pittenger Issued Press Release Saying He Voted for ‘Stronger’ Version of VAWA. “Today, Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) voted in favor of a revised version of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) that would have been more effective in helping victims of domestic violence and sex trafficking […] Today, the House approved a less-effective version of VAWA.” [Office of Robert Pittenger, 2/28/13]

Congressman Bill Johnson Told Facebook Town Hall He “DID Vote in Favor of VAWA.”  After being sharply criticized during a virtual townhall meeting, Bill Johnson wrote: “Please make sure you have the facts right. I DID vote in favor of VAWA today […] As a son, brother, husband, father, and grandfather, I will always fight to defend women against any type of violence. That’s why I supported VAWA last congress, and THIS congress by voting for the House version today.” [Congressman Johnson Facebook Town Hall, 2/28/13]

BACKGROUND

Two-thirds of House Republicans – 138 members – voted against reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act. [S. 47, Vote #55, 2/28/13]

The Violence Against Women Act provides resources to protect women everywhere from domestic violence and sexual assault. The measure passed with strong bipartisan support in the Senate. [S. 47, Vote #19, 2/12/13]


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