What makes a woman a woman? I’m sorry to disappoint my readers, but I’m certainly not going to answer that question in the next several hundred words. I will tell you that I question how genuine a woman twelve Republican members of the United States House of Representatives are.
On Thursday, February 28th Michele Bachmann, (MN-6), Diane Black, (TN-6), Marsha Blackburn, (TN-7), Susan Brooks, (IN-5), Renee Ellmers, (NC-2), Virginia Foxx, (NC-5), Vicky Hartzler, (MO-4), Cynthia Lummins, (WY-At Large), Kristi Noem, (SD – At Large), Martha Roby, (AL-2), Ann Wagner, (MO-2), and Lynn Westmoreland, (GA-3) voted against S47 – the Violence Against Women Act. The vote in the House was 286-138 with all 138 no votes coming from Republicans. When the bill passed the Senate by a vote of 78-22 all negative votes were cast by Republicans but at least the female Republican Senators had the good sense to vote for passage. The reasoning 11of this Ditzy Dozen will use is that they voted for the McMorris-Rodgers Amendment, (Noem voted against that also). That amendment, which went down to defeat by a vote of 166-257, would have exempt gay women, Native American women and undocumented women from the protections afforded by the Act. By the way, McMorris Rodgers is Cathy McMorris-Rodgers, (WA-5). I guess in the minds of McMorris-Rodgers and the Ditzy Dozen some women deserve protection and others are just fair game.
This Act should have been reauthorized back in the 112th Congress. The Senate overwhelmingly approved it 68-31. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, (VA-7), blocked it from coming to the floor for a vote. Largely lost in this legislative shuffle is the fact that this five year reauthorization of $660 million per year represents a 17% reduction in funding.
An interesting sidebar in this situation is that there is a strong rumor in North Carolina that the Republicans will run Virginia Foxx against Democratic Senator Kay Hagan in 2014. Dating back to the struggles in the 112th Congress Hagan, along with Washington Democratic Senator Patty Murray, has been at the forefront of the fight to get the Violence Against Women Act reauthorized. They worked for its passage successfully getting all female Senators on board regardless of Party. Hagan worked to help keep the issue in the news.
If you vote in North Carolina it is clear from the votes of Foxx and Ellmers that all women candidates are not the same. For that matter if you vote in Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Tennessee, South Dakota or Wyoming you need to remember this vote in November of 2014.
I am not criticizing the Ditzy Dozen based on their gender; I am criticizing the content of their craniums. When will they come to the realization that we cannot have second class people in America?
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