WASHINGTON — House Democrats Tuesday released a new web ad attacking House Majority Leader Eric Cantor over the GOP’s resistance to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act last year.
The ad was timed to coincide with a major policy speech Cantor was scheduled to give at the American Enterprise Institute Tuesday afternoon outlining his vision for party’s coming legislative agenda.
VAWA lapsed over two years ago, and Congress has thus far been unable to pass a reauthorization of the popular legislation.
Although Senate Republicans have backed it, House Republicans have balked over inclusion of language protecting transgendered women and undocumented workers and special provisions to protect Native American women.
Although Cantor still backs an emphasis on fiscal issues, his speech is designed to try to steer the party into tackling other “softer” areas that Republicans have a well-established position but haven’t focused on in recent years.
Democrats have had success in casting Republicans as being solely focused on cutting spending and implementing conservative priorities, and the Tuesday ad is clearly aimed at blunting Cantor’s push to soften the GOP’s appearance.
“No matter how much the Tea Party House Republicans try to rebrand their party, the fact remains: They are still the party that is blocking funding to prevent domestic violence,” said Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee spokeswoman Emily Bittner. “No sales job can change the truth, that Tea Party House Republicans will relentlessly pursue their war on women.”
I am a conservative and a woman. I have no problem with legislation to help protect women. The problem with the VAWA is that through it men are denied due process in the event of any accusation from a woman. It is no longer innocent until proven guilty and no evidence is needed to have a man charged with a violent crime and have his children removed from his home. I’ve seen it. It is an instant witch hunt and requires thousands of $ to extricate oneself from the ensuing chaos of a false accusation. Also it is used to fund abortion which I feel is a violent act against a woman and a child. That includes abortions where the only reason for it is that the baby is a certain sex (usually female). Baby girls are regularly aborted because many cultures undervalue them. That is an act of violence perpetrated on millions of helpless baby girls funded by US tax dollars. I am not okay with my tax dollars being used for this immoral, murderous act. Protect women, but get rid of the liberal pet projects in this legislation!
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