House approves violence bill

GOP says ‘common sense’ effort doesn’t single out victims

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Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Florida Democrat, said she “couldn’t imagine” herself not voting for a VAWA bill, but she could not support a bill that endangers women, ignores needs and fails to protect LGBT persons.

Both sides chided each other for using the bill to play partisan politics.

“This bill declares war on women,” said Rep. Judy Chu, California Democrat.

“If members choose to oppose this bill for political reasons, that’s their decision,” said Rep. Lamar Smith, Texas Republican and chairman of the House Judiciary Committee. “A vote against this bill is a vote against common sense and a voice against helping abused women.”

The White House inserted itself into the debate by issuing a policy statement that it “strongly opposes” H.R. 4970, and that if the House bill is presented to the president, “his senior advisors would recommend that he veto the bill.”

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Cheryl Wetzstein

Cheryl Wetzstein

Cheryl Wetzstein covers family and social issues as a national reporter for The Washington Times. She has been a reporter for three decades, working in New York City and Washington, D.C. Since joining The Washington Times in 1985, she has been a features writer, environmental and consumer affairs reporter, and assistant business editor.

Beginning in 1994, Mrs. Wetzstein worked exclusively ...

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