Jun 27, 2013
Today’s Most Egregious House Republican Fakeover
Following their assault on women’s health last week, House Republicans today tried to fool women into believing Republicans are on their side by voting on a piece of legislation that has already passed the House.
The proposed measure would give victims of military sexual assault increased protection for reporting violations – but already passed as part of the National Defense Authorization Act.
“Nobody is fooled by House Republicans’ latest attempt to hide their anti-woman agenda,” said Emily Bittner of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “From restricting a woman’s right to choose to preventing the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act for more than 500 days, there is no chance that Americans will believe House Republicans are on the side of women. The backlash over the past several weeks over House Republicans’ dysfunction has clearly taught them nothing, and it is shameful that House Republicans would waste their time trying to vote on legislation that has already passed rather than trying to successfully govern this country and make real progress for women.”
House Republicans Authored Redundant Assault Protections Bill. Today’s measure would require an Inspector General investigation of allegations of retaliatory personnel actions taken in response to making protected communications regarding sexual assault. [HR 1864, Vote #294, 6/27/13]
FLASHBACK. Two weeks ago, Rep. Jackie Walorski, sponsoring today’s measure, sent out a press release applauding a provision in the Defense Authorization Act that would require “an Inspector General investigation into allegations of retaliatory personnel actions taken against victims who have reported alleged instances of rape, sexual assault, or other forms of sexual misconduct in the military.” [Rep. Walorski press release, 6/14/13]