Tuesday, February 12, 2013


Senator Marco Rubio (R - FL), who will give the official Republican response to President Obama's State of the Union speech tonight, voted against the Expanded Violence Against Women Act today.
The 22 Republicans who voted against it were:

Sens. John Barrasso (WY)

Roy Blunt (MO)

John Boozman (AR)

Tom Coburn (OK)

John Cornyn (TX)

Ted Cruz (TX)

Mike Enzi (WY)

Lindsey Graham (SC)

Chuck Grassley (IA)

Orrin Hatch (UT)

James Inhofe (OK)

Mike Johanns (NE)

Ron Johnson (WI)

Mike Lee (UT)

Mitch McConnell (KY)

Rand Paul (KY)

Jim Risch (ID)

Pat Roberts (KS)

Marco Rubio (FL)

Tim Scott (SC)

Jeff Sessions (AL)

John Thune (SD).
I'm pleased Senator David Vitter (R - LA) was not among the Republicans who voted against the bill.  Women, especially, and men, too, take note of the names of the senators who voted against the bill.   The expanded bill offers protection to "gays, undocumented immigrants and Native American women who suffer from domestic abuse."


it's margaret said...

John Thune (SD) --huh, not surprised... sigh.....

Grandmère Mimi said...

Name and shame.

Caminante said...

And how many of them lives in states where there are reservations? Hm? Their votes are a form of violence unto itself. Shame on them.

whiteycat said...

Voting against this is a shameful act!

Grandmère Mimi said...

Caminante, I don't know, but I'd guess there are several with reservations in their states. We know for certain about John Thune.

Grandmère Mimi said...

Yes indeed, whiteycat. Rubio, the great hope of the NEW Republican Party, is off to a bad start.

Marthe said...

These men wouldn't admit it publicly, but their truth is that they benefit from the thread of fear and violence running through what we loosely call our culture ... "submissive" women suit their self-image of dominance as right of rule ... those who reject them "deserve" whatever harsh or violent treatment they get, those who do not successfully bond with a strong dominant male "deserve" the vulnerability that they believe results in assault ... the prerogatives of male aggression must be protected, no matter the damage to women they don't consider "theirs" ... other women, the injured, maybe lip service tragic, but somehow not worthy in the estimation of the ruling males in their bubble of assumption. Not their problem ... until a woman horrifies them by striking back ... not thinking 100 round magazines here, by the way ... a little properly timed laughter generally works wonders of deflation, though its not a permanent solution for egos groomed for a life of presumption, privilege, posturing. Shame, by the way, is not something these creatures appear capable of experiencing ... they only respond to defeat and threat of same.

Grandmère Mimi said...

The men in the list have no shame. I'm still fighting for my place, and my place is not where sexist males want me to be.