The Senate passed a bill to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act, which has been credited with significantly increasing the number of women willing to report domestic violence. The House has yet to take up the bill, but it will be much more difficult to pass there. But I had to laugh at how CBS News framed the vote:
In a rare election-year moment of bipartisanship, the Senate passed the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) on Thursday afternoon, legislation that gives women protections and recourse against violence and abuse.
The bill passed with bipartisan support by a vote of 68 – 31.
A rare moment of bipartisanship? Every single one of those 31 votes against the bill came from Republicans — and specifically Republican men. The five Republican women in the Senate all voted for it, along with every Democrat and a handful of other Republican men. This is not a rare moment of bipartisanship, it’s just another example of the Republican consensus being stridently opposed to women’s rights.