On Friday, February 22, 2013, the House released their version of VAWA (S. 47) leaving out protections for LGBT, Native American, and undocumented immigrants. Virginia’s very own, Eric Cantor, helped draft this version.
Despite the pressure from the Senate, the White House, and 17 Republican Representatives who wrote a letter to John Boehner and Cantor expressing support of the legislation, the House is determined to not add any additional protections to vulnerable LGBT, Native American, or undocumented women.
Here’s what MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry had to say:
“Is it that lesbians and gay men can just a take punch better than straight women? Or maybe you’ve decided that Native American women are particularly good at handling intimate violence because you and the other House Republicans still refuse to support a bill that gives tribal authorities the ability to prosecute those who commit acts of violence on tribal lands. Maybe your refusal to reauthorize VAWA is actually based on a belief that when some people are abused it’s just not a big deal because they can handle it.”
The House version will be discussed again in the Rules Committee on Tuesday, February 26.