Republicans To Let Violence Against Women Act Expire In Retaliation After Losing Midterms
Republicans lost a heavy number of House seats this past midterm and a major reason for that was their lack of empathy and care for women voters. This hasn’t stopped them from acting against women and they have decided that one of their final acts as House majority will be to allow the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) to expire in two weeks before their recess.
According to Roll Call, for the act to keep going, it requires a Congressional reauthorization that has to be made by December 21. While they still hold on to the majority, Republicans have decided that they will let the act expire.
This isn’t the first time Republicans have voted against the VAWA. Back in 2013, there was a major fight over the reauthorization of the act with many Republicans voting against it.
A recent New York Times report revealed Republicans aren’t taking heed from the decision by voters, and “have no sign of course correction.”
Republicans want to end a law that gives funding to service agencies that help sexual assault survivors. It includes funding for “rape crisis centers, shelters, and legal assistance programs.”
Luckily, Democrats will regain control of the House in January and are expected to reauthorize VAWA.