Back in 1990 when President Biden was a US Senator, he introduced the Violence Against Women Act that always had bipartisan support up until recently. In 2018, the House approved the Act but of course, it died in the GOP controlled Senate.
On Wednesday, reauthorization of the bill came up for vote in the House and passed by 244-172. Twenty nine Republicans “broke with their party to support the bill, which offered women protections from domestic violence, sexual assault and other harassment.” The bill now heads to the Senate, which will require at least ten Republicans to vote for it before moving to its final step, President Joe Biden’s desk for signature.
After the bill passed the House, President Biden released a statement urging the Senate to do the right thing: “This should not be a Democratic or Republican issue — it’s about standing up against the abuse of power and preventing violence.”
Although many provisions in the Violence Against Women Act have widespread bipartisan support, “such as state grants for sexual assault and domestic violence services, and offers of housing assistance for victims of domestic abuse,” Republicans do not support “several new or expanded measures in the bill, including the closure of the so-called “boyfriend loophole.” The closure of the loophole would extend the ban on abusers being allowed to own or buy a firearm.”
Below is a list of the House Republicans who value a gun over the safety and lives of women:
Robert Aderholt (AL), Rick Allen (GA), Mark Amodei (NV), Kelly Armstrong (ND), Jodey Arrington (TX), Brian Babin (TX), Don Bacon (NE), James Baird (IN), Jim Banks (IN), Andy Barr (KY), Cliff Bentz (OR).
Jack Bergman (MI), Andy Biggs (AZ), Gus Bilirakis (FL), Dan Bishop (NC), Lauren Boebert (CO), Mo Brooks (AL), Vern Buchanan (FL), Ken Buck (CO), Larry Buschon (IN), Ted Budd (NC), Tim Burchett (TN), Michael Burgess (TX), Ken Calvert (CA), Kat Cammack (FL).
Jerry Carl (AL), Madison Cawthorn (NC), Steve Chabot (OH), Liz Cheney (WY), Ben Cline (VA), Michael Cloud (TX), Andrew Clyde (GA), James Comer (KY), Eric Crawford (AR), John Curtis (UT), Warren Davidson (OH), Scott DesJarlais (TN), Byron Donalds (FL), Jeff Duncan (SC), Neal Dunn (FL).
Tom Emmer (MN), Ron Estes (KS), Pat Fallon (TX), Randy Feenstra (IA), A. Drew Ferguson (GA), Michelle Fischbach (MN), Scott Fitzgerald (WI), Charles Fleischmann (TN), Jeff Fortenberry (NE), Virginia Foxx (NC), Scott Franklin (FL), Russ Fulcher (ID).
Matt Gaetz (FL), Mike Gallagher (WI), Andrew Garbarino (NY), Mike Garcia (CA), Bob Gibbs (OH), Louie Gohmert (TX), Tony Gonzales (TX), Bob Good (VA), Lance Gooden (TX), Paul Gosar (AZ), Kay Granger (TX), Garret Graves (LA), Sam Graves (MO), Mark Green (TN), Marjorie Taylor Greene (GA).
H. Morgan Griffith (VA), Glenn Grothman (WI), Brett Guthrie (KY), Jim Hagedorn (MN), Andy Harris (MD), Diana Harshbarger (TN), Vicky Hartzler (MO), Kevin Hern (OK), Yvette Herrell (NM), Jaime Herrera Beutler (WA), Jody Hice (GA), Clay Higgins (LA).
J. Hill (AR), Ashley Hinson (IA), Trey Hollingsworth (IN), Richard Hudson (NC), Bill Huizenga (MI), Ronny Jackson (TX), Mike Johnson (LA), Bill Johnson (OH), Dusty Johnson (SD), Jim Jordan (OH), John Joyce (PA), Fred Keller (PA), Trent Kelly (MS), Mike Kelly (PA).
David Kustoff (TN), Darin LaHood (IL), Doug LaMalfa (CA), Doug Lamborn (CO), Robert Latta (OH), Jake LaTurner (KS), Debbie Lesko (AZ), Billy Long (MO), Frank Lucas (OK), Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO), Nancy Mace (SC), Tracey Mann (KS), Thomas Massie (KY), Brain Mast (FL), Kevin McCarthy (CA).
Lisa McClain (MI), Tom McClintock (CA), Patrick McHenry (NC), David McKinley (WV), Daniel Meuser (PA), Mary Miller (IL), Carol Miller (WV), John Moolenaar (MI), Alexander Mooney (WV), Barry Moore (AL), Blake Moore (UT), Gregory Murphy (NC).
Troy Nehls (TX), Dan Newhouse (WA), Ralph Norman (SC), Devin Nunes (CA), Jay Obernolte (CA), Burgess Owens (UT), Steven Palazzo (MS), Gary Palmer (AL), Greg Pence (IN), Scott Perry (PA), August Pfluger (TX), Bill Posey (FL), Guy Reschenthaler (PA).
Tom Rice (SC), Cathy Rodgers (WA), Mike Rogers (AL), Harold Rogers (KY), John Rose (TN), David Rouzer (NC), Chip Roy (TX), John Rutherford (FL), Steve Scalise (LA), David Schweikert (AZ), Austin Scott (GA), Pete Sessions (TX), Jason Smith (MO), Adrian Smith (NE), Christopher Smith (NJ), Lloyd Smucker (PA).
Victoria Spartz (IN), Michelle Steel (CA), Elise Stefanik (NY), W. Gregory Steube (FL), Chris Stewart (UT), Van Taylor (TX), Claudia Tenney (NY), Glenn Thompson (PA), Thomas Tiffany (WI), William Timmons (SC), Michael Turner (OH), Beth Van Duyne (TX), Ann Wagner (MO).
Tim Walberg (MI), Jackie Walorski (IN), Michael Waltz (FL), Randy Weber Sr. (TX), Daniel Webster (FL), Bruce Westerman (AR), Roger Williams (TX), Robert Wittman (VA), Steve Womack (AR) and Lee Zeldin (NY).