Video | President Obama Signs the Violence Against Women Act


US President Barack Obama signs the Violence Against Women Act on March 7, 2013 in the Department of the Interior in Washington, DC as US Vice President Joe Biden (L), Sen. Patrick Leahy (R) D-VT, Nancy Pelosi D-CA , members of Congress and others look on. The law expands protection in domestic cases, including expanded protection for victims who are assaulted on tribal lands. AFP PHOTO/Mandel NGAN/Getty Images.



The Importance of the Violence Against Women Act (2012)

Having to sign such a bill into LAW in the 21st centruy is mind-blowing, though it is NECESSARY.

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9 Responses to Video | President Obama Signs the Violence Against Women Act

  1. Ametia says:

    MAPS: Did Your Congressmember Vote Against the Violence Against Women Act?
    After a year and a half delay, VAWA reauthorization passed on Thursday. Here’s how your elected officials voted.

    —By Erika Eichelberger and Dana Liebelson

    | Fri Mar. 1, 2013 6:00 PM PST

    On Thursday, the House finally reauthorized the Violence Against Women Act—a full year and a half after it expired. VAWA had been held up by House Republicans in the last Congress after the Senate voted to add new provisions aiding Native American, immigrant, and gay victims of violence.

    It looked as if the bill might suffer the same fate in the 113th Congress, after the House GOP leadership refused to schedule a vote on the version of the bill passed by the Senate 78 to 22, and instead pushed a stripped down version without protections for LGBT and Native American women. But in the end Republican lawmakers allowed a vote on the Senate’s legislation, and it passed on Thursday, 286 to 138. Not one Democrat in either chamber voted against it. (Though one representative abstained.)

    One major change to VAWA that drew objections from House Republicans were steps to give tribal courts greater jurisdiction over domestic violence committed by non-native men on Native American lands. The National Congress of American Indians defines congressional districts as having a “high concentration” of Native Americans when the community makes up .3 to 23 percent of the population. (Only a few such districts are in the higher range; most are in the low single digits, according to NCAI.) Here is how members of Congress from those districts voted:

  2. Ametia says:

    Key Provisions in the VAWA

    While tremendous progress has been made since the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) was first
    enacted, domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking are still significant problems facing women,
    families, and communities. Domestic violence causes 3 deaths a day to women, and 1 in 4 women
    have experienced severe physical violence by an intimate partner. 1 in 5 women and 1 in 71 men have
    been raped in their lifetimes. The new VAWA bill signed into law by President Obama today will
    continue effective programs, make targeted expansions to address the needs of especially vulnerable
    populations, and help prevent violence in future generations.
    Key Provisions
    • The bill addresses high rates of dating violence and sexual assault on college campuses by
    requiring colleges and universities to provide information to students about domestic violence,
    dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking and inform students and staff about the number of
    these crimes that occur on and near campus. Colleges will also be required to create and
    disseminate policies describing the protections, resources, and services available to victims to
    help them safely continue their education.


  3. Ametia says:

    Of course DRONE boy Rand was against the VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN ACT, but he screams and yells nonsense about mythical drones killing innocent Americans. What is more lethal than voting against the protection o AMERICAN women, hmmm?

    • Ametia says:

      Notes on VAWA, 2016 and Illinois Republicans

      Every single GOP 2016 presidential aspirant in the U.S. Senate voted against the
      VAWA: John Cornyn of Texas, Ron Portman of Ohio, Rand Paul of Kentucky and Florida’s Marco Rubio.

      Senators Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Arizona’s John McCain, usually two peas in a pod, split their votes: Graham, terrified of a primary challenge next year, voted nay, while McCain voted aye.

      Among the other GOP senators supporting VAWA were New Hampshire’s “It Girl” Kelly Ayotte, outgoing Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown, Alaska’s Lisa “Fighting the Tea Party Has Set Me Free” Murkowski, the Maine twins Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins and even Louisiana’s David Vitter, who probably voted without irony.

  4. Ametia says:

    MAR 07, 2013

    Tea Party Republicans Falsely Take Credit for Violence Against Women Act – Even Though They Fought It

    Tea Party Republicans are trying to pull a fast one on the American people by falsely claiming that they supported the Violence Against Women Act that the President is expected to sign into law today. In reality, two-thirds of House Republicans voted against final passage of this vital legislation that would protect women from domestic violence.

    “The fact is, Tea Party Republicans want to take credit for something they fought tooth and nail for more than 500 days: a law to help protect all women and their children from domestic violence,” says Emily Bittner of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “It’s shameful that these disingenuous Tea Party House Republicans are trying to take credit for a bill that passed overwhelmingly – without their support. Tea Party House Republicans must stop saying one thing at home and doing the opposite in Washington.”

    Local news outlets are calling out Tea Party House Republicans on trying to take credit for the Violence Against Women Act:

    Arkansas GOP congressmen vote against protecting abused women [Arkansas Times, 2/28/13]

    House passes Violence Against Women Act with no Ark delegation support [Arkansas News, 2/28/13]

    U.S. Rep. Tim Walberg showed support for Violence Against Women Act, but voted against it [, 3/01/13]

    Vicky Hartzler’s deception on Violence Against Women Act [Kansas City Star, 3/05/13]

    Misleading headline: How Rothfus, Murphy voted on domestic violence [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 3/06/13]

    Back in their districts, Tea Party Republicans are falsely trying to take credit for passage of the Violence Against Women Act in press releases and Facebook posts:

    After Voting Against VAWA, Steve King Issued Statement Saying He Supported VAWA. “I supported VAWA in 2005, 2012, and today I voted in support of the House version to see that victims of domestic violence and sexual assault have access to the resources and protection when they need it most.” [Office of Steve King, 2/28/13]

    Congressman Robert Pittenger Issued Press Release Saying He Voted for ‘Stronger’ Version of VAWA. “Today, Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) voted in favor of a revised version of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) that would have been more effective in helping victims of domestic violence and sex trafficking […] Today, the House approved a less-effective version of VAWA.” [Office of Robert Pittenger, 2/28/13]

    Congressman Bill Johnson Told Facebook Town Hall He “DID Vote in Favor of VAWA.” After being sharply criticized during a virtual townhall meeting, Bill Johnson wrote: “Please make sure you have the facts right. I DID vote in favor of VAWA today […] As a son, brother, husband, father, and grandfather, I will always fight to defend women against any type of violence. That’s why I supported VAWA last congress, and THIS congress by voting for the House version today.” [Congressman Johnson Facebook Town Hall, 2/28/13]


    Two-thirds of House Republicans – 138 members – voted against reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act. [S. 47, Vote #55, 2/28/13]

    The Violence Against Women Act provides resources to protect women everywhere from domestic violence and sexual assault. The measure passed with strong bipartisan support in the Senate. [S. 47, Vote #19, 2/12/13]

  5. leutisha says:

    What is telling is the list of those SOBs who voted against it, including Tennessee Rep. Marsha Blackburn. She said she voted against VAWA because it was “providing protection for too many groups” = code words for “protection for too many _______ that are not white women.”

    She will be the first to scream for protection when her man starts whipping that ass for being stupid….

  6. Ametia says:

    NOW 2520s can NOT storm their way into these reservations and communities and rape the Native American women. Better recognize, mofos!

  7. Ametia says:

    Audio only

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