Lawmaker: New congressional makeup good for Violence Against Women Act
U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore speaks at the 2012 Democratic National Convention.
January 4th, 2013
12:41 PM ET

Lawmaker: New congressional makeup good for Violence Against Women Act

A representative disappointed that the old Congress didn’t renew the Violence Against Women Act before disbanding says she’s hopeful that the new Congress - with more female and Democrat members - will get it done.

“There are more women (two) in the Senate. There’s a greater number of Democrats (eight) in the House (than last Congress). We’re going to keep working at this,” U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore, D-Wisconsin, told “CNN Newsroom” on Friday morning. “We just cannot have the male-dominated House of Representatives stop support and help and protection for women.”

The Democratic-controlled Senate had voted to renew the act with an addition: giving tribal authorities new power to prosecute offenses by non-Indians on tribal lands. The Republican-controlled House passed a bill without this power. Talks to reconcile the versions failed, and lawmakers will have to start over in the 113th Congress, which began Thursday.

Only six Democrats supported the House version that omitted the new tribal authority.

“It’s a shame we’re at this point, because … this bill had some very, very hard times getting through the Senate committee structure,” Moore said.

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soundoff (14 Responses)
  1. chrissy

    As a woman who has suffered more violence then any woman should have too in a civilized world, i say *its about dayum time!*

    January 4, 2013 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marie

      I have a ton of questions I would like to ask you. The most important being how would the violence against women act have helped you during your life? How did you get out of those violent situations?

      January 9, 2013 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
  2. Hide Behind

    As a man I too detest violence; unlike the gender specific and special interest female grouping, my objections apply to all people.
    I see no advantage at all to the issues the female harpies holler so loudly for that advanced the freedoms and equality of all mankind.
    PLEASE do not call me male chauvinist as I have always stood against mysogyny and believe its roots come more from religious biases in the past but today stems more from anti male bombast than any reasoned thinking.
    GOOD money raiser tho it is the money now a days is no more than strong arm political tactics and kissing the butt of whatever male is president, especially our present one.
    Every medical educational small buisness, federal and state hiring, financial bill has brnefited american females, especially white middle to upper middle class white woman far far more than their male counterparts as equal citizensin this nation.

    January 4, 2013 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Although I won't go so far as to say you're misogynistic, the phrase "I see no advantage at all to the issues the female harpies holler so loudly" is telling.
      Women against violence of women are not 'harpies'.

      January 4, 2013 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Oh, I'm sorry that you think that women decrying violence against women are "special interest" groups.
      I do not agree.
      That there seems to be a need for this tells me that some men think it's their divine right to treat women any way they please.
      I don't think these women are 'harpies'; indeed, that term is demeaning, and a uniquely male one at that.

      January 4, 2013 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • tg

      You see NO advantage??? Seriously? Have you seen the stats on violence against women?Have you ever known women who have been violently mistreated? Have you talked to them?
      And do you know what a harpy is??? Why did you use that degrading word? You are putting us down with your words. That's hurting women too.
      Most of the male reps. "holler loudly" about their favorite issue, why is it different when female reps. do it?

      January 12, 2013 at 9:24 pm | Report abuse |
  3. saywhat

    @Mary@chrissy no one can disagree with what you say.
    That may be so but statistics prove that we have a long way to go & indeed we need law makers who take the issue seriously.

    January 4, 2013 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  4. saywhat

    What you said is heart wrenching and without seeming to pry I sincerely hope you are over whatever dark touched your life. And that takes courage.

    January 4, 2013 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Our chrissy isn't nicknamed 'Indomitable' for naught.

      January 4, 2013 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Mary

    Not me @ 12:47

    January 4, 2013 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  6. chrissy

    Ty @ saywhat,let me just say im working on it and leave it at that.

    January 4, 2013 at 7:10 pm | Report abuse |
  7. chrissy

    Lol @ banasy, thank you for reminding me of that especially today. And your post wasnt up previously when i posted or i wouldve responded to it sooner.

    January 4, 2013 at 11:16 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Anders Behring Breivik (King of the Island)

    You have some scary looking woman there in the USA. No wonder Chiquita is reporting record sales there.

    January 6, 2013 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  9. kered

    So sad we need laws to overcome those terrible words of Paul/Peter Women OBEY YOUR HUSBANDS. They are the most influential misogynists in history, tho possibly unintentionally

    January 16, 2013 at 7:45 am | Report abuse |