Reauthorizing the Violence In opposition to Girls Act “just isn’t a partisan situation,” 46 Home Republicans wrote to their management in a letter imploring Home Speaker Paul Ryan and Majority Chief Kevin McCarthy to convey the invoice up for a vote “immediately” within the seven legislative days left earlier than the present legislation expires.
Lots of the Republicans signed on to the letter are going through powerful races this November, whereas a couple of are retiring. However although there may very well be some votes in battleground districts on the road, anticipate to see extra lip service than swift motion from Home Republican management. That’s as a result of, whereas the Violence In opposition to Girls Act is often bipartisan, Republicans drag their heels on any enhancements Democrats attempt to make. Like these:
The present draft, which was launched by Home Democrats in July, consists of expanded youth training and prevention packages, in addition to insurance policies to assist victims have secure housing. It might additionally act on the recognized hyperlinkbetween home abuse and gun violence by increasing gun management legal guidelines to maintain convicted home abusers and stalkers from possessing a firearm.
And you already know that convicted abusers and stalkers are precisely the sort of people who find themselves going to get all self-righteously outraged about gun-grabbing.
This is a crucial legislation that, because the Republican letter notes, “has helped to guard and assist thousands and thousands of People who’ve confronted home violence, relationship violence, sexual assault and stalking” over the previous 24 years. The truth that its well timed reauthorization is unsure is yet one more highly effective reminder of the place the Republican Get together of 2018’s priorities lie.