And he's on the wrong side:
Why would Republicans start throwing at roadblocks at a demonstrably successful program? Because the Tea Party-style conservatism that is ascendent in the Republican Party has always loathed the Violence Against Women Act from the very beginning. And why is that? Because the Violence Against Women Act doesn't counsel marriage as the solution.
And the reauthorization dares to extend protections to gays, immigrants and injuns:
The legislation would continue existing grant programs to local law enforcement and battered women shelters, but would expand efforts to reach Indian tribes and rural areas. It would increase the availability of free legal assistance to victims of domestic violence, extend the definition of violence against women to include stalking, and provide training for civil and criminal court personnel to deal with families with a history of violence. It would also allow more battered illegal immigrants to claim temporary visas, and would include same-sex couples in programs for domestic violence.
You won't find any quotes or testimony from our senior
weasel Senator. But his absence from the list of 60 (barely filibuster-proof) co-sponsors, which is the Senate's way of estimating bill support, speaks volumes.
Drop Richard Burr a line and tell him to step over and support abused women, regardless of their race or sexual orientation.
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