While the national Republican Party continues to whine and wring its hands about its "messaging" problems, eight GOP members of the U. S. Senate have again reminded voters and women in particular that it is the GOP's policies, not its messaging, that are at the root of the party's real problems. Eight males in the Senate GOP are striving to block the re-authorization of the Violence Against Women Act because it would add protections for undocumented immigrants, LGBT victims and American Indians - all groups disfavored by the increasingly white supremacist dominated GOP. Think Progress has coverage. Here are highlights:
Eight Senators on Monday voted not to consider the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, a bill that protects victims of domestic violence. The Senators who voted against moving to debate on the bill were: Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX), Mike Lee (R-UT), Tim Scott (R-SC), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Mike Johanns (R-NE), Rand Paul (R-KY), Pat Roberts (R-KS), and James Risch (R-ID).
VAWA’s reauthorization has been caught up in partisan gridlock over added provisions that would protect undocumented immigrants, as well as LGBT and Native American victims of domestic violence. Congress failed to reauthorize the bill by the end of 2012, and the Senate is now considering the same legislation again, in its new legislative session.
All of the women in the Senate, with the exception of Sen. Deb Fischer (R-NE), co-sponsored the legislation.
Whether Kool-Aid drinking members of the GOP want to admit it or not, the GOP IS engaged in a war on women.