KWMU (tip o the hat JohnCombest)
Standing in the St. Louis Circuit Attorney’s office, Senator Claire McCaskill (D-Mo) called out House Republican leadership for failing to renew the Violence Against Women Act — legislation meant to protect victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. Until recently, the act received bipartisan support since its inception in 1994.
House leadership didn’t bring the Senate version to floor, allowing the VAWA to expire. Leadership cited problems with LGBT and Native American provisions in the bill. But McCaskill said she doesn’t buy the reasoning, and calls it a “fig leaf.”
“I can’t imagine they’d want to stop this program over the notion that there needs to be some stop-gap ability to stop people who may be beating their partners who may be living on Indian reservations,” McCaskill said.
“There is a huge number in the Republican caucus in the House that want to dismantle all government programs that come from the federal government,” McCaskill said. “And I think VAWA is a casualty in that battle.”