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house Bill H.R. 1620

Should Anti-Domestic Violence Grants Under the Violence Against Women Act Be Reauthorized?

Argument in favor

This reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act would expand and improve the national response to the crisis of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. This bill’s reforms will prevent violence against women and is especially important now, as the COVID-19 pandemic and its associated stresses have led to an increase in domestic violence.

jimK's Opinion
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03/17/2021
Just do it. Sooo tired of everything being made into a political grandstanding issue. Just do it! This act has demonstrably helped women who are being put at risk by partners who are prone to use physical violence and emotional abuse. JUST DO IT!
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Jeffrey 's Opinion
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03/17/2021
Until men stop stalking, beating, abusing and killing women we need every legal protection and remedy imaginable. I fully support VAWA especially in light of the horrific Atlanta mass murders of Tuesday, March 16, which underscore the dire need to take constructive action.
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davidf's Opinion
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03/17/2021
This is a must-pass bill. The argument that issues of gun prohibition to abusers and lack of “due process” is smoke and mirrors. Put guns in the hands of abusers and women die. I believe that to vote against the VAWA is itself an abusive act toward women. (Are you listening Congressman Jim Hagedorn?)
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Argument opposed

The Violence Against Women Act’s programs are too important for Congress to let VAWA become a partisan issue, but unfortunately House Democrats have done just that by including many ideological provisions, especially on guns and transgender identification. A clean reauthorization of VAWA without these ideological provisions would be better suited to meeting domestic violence and sexual assault survivors’ needs.

Reality-Check's Opinion
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03/17/2021
If there are no definitive lines between men and women, why? Personally, I do know the difference between men and women and am REALLY glad there is. Democrats, on the other hand, don't see it that way. If any Democrat vote for this bill they're being disingenuous and totally hypocritical!
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Charles's Opinion
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03/16/2021
I’m calling on my congressional representative, Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, to revise this bill. I absolutely support many of the protections and funding that this bill provides, but cannot support such a worthy cause being used as a vehicle to further erode second amendment rights, which provides a means for women to protect themselves from violence. We need to prevent women from becoming victims, not just provide support after they’ve been attacked. Please limit this bill to provisions that will empower women, allow them agency to protect themselves, and aid them when the worst occurs and remove any provisions that will keep them vulnerable, victimized, and dependent on either their abuser or the fickle funding of government programs.
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NoHedges's Opinion
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03/18/2021
Not with the current modified version. I myself am a survivor of severe domestic violence and until the justice system and law enforcement has been overhauled, I believe the gun rights should be a separate issue and determined case by case. I have watch helplessly too many times as victims of domestic violence, lacking adequate representation and mental health services, become the accused; or are manipulated into taking the legal fall for their abuser. It is a huge problem in this country that later ends up barring the same empathic members of our society from working in professions where they could be an asset. Likewise, this modified version could end up barring those same victims from owning a firearm that might one day save their life. ——————- Note: Regardless of the way this bill goes, the current stance of the Republican is not one I will be choosing come election day. Their sociopathic policies and lack of accountability is simply to big of a risk to myself, my family, and my fellow Americans.
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    Just do it. Sooo tired of everything being made into a political grandstanding issue. Just do it! This act has demonstrably helped women who are being put at risk by partners who are prone to use physical violence and emotional abuse. JUST DO IT!
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    If there are no definitive lines between men and women, why? Personally, I do know the difference between men and women and am REALLY glad there is. Democrats, on the other hand, don't see it that way. If any Democrat vote for this bill they're being disingenuous and totally hypocritical!
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    Until men stop stalking, beating, abusing and killing women we need every legal protection and remedy imaginable. I fully support VAWA especially in light of the horrific Atlanta mass murders of Tuesday, March 16, which underscore the dire need to take constructive action.
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    I am a DV survivor. We need protection.
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    This is a must-pass bill. The argument that issues of gun prohibition to abusers and lack of “due process” is smoke and mirrors. Put guns in the hands of abusers and women die. I believe that to vote against the VAWA is itself an abusive act toward women. (Are you listening Congressman Jim Hagedorn?)
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    I had my own story to share & just now erased every bit of it, as I am still terrified of my abuser finding me. There are not nearly enough supports in place for survivors of domestic abuse.
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    The Violence Against Women Act should never expire. I can see that it may need to be improved over time, but when will we stop trying to make protecting women a partisan issue? Why can't everybody agree that women should be protected from all violence, no matter whether it's with a fist, a club or a gun? Why can't everybody agree that ALL women, even transgender women, should be protected from violence? Where is the humanity?
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    Why the hell are all my representatives and Senators so damned foolish? Why wouldn’t you spend my tax dollars protecting my wife, daughters, daughters in law, grand daughters? Why would I vote for your insane philosophy?
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    Represenatives, We strongly urge you to support H. R. 1620, the Reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act’s (VAWA) grant programs.
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    What a POS rep. named kevin brady, again shows his concerns for women or anyone but himself or his boss by voting ‘Not Voting’ on this bill. What is SO IMPORTANT that you apparently DON’T HAVE TIME TO VOTE ‼️‼️‼️‼️‼️🖕🖕.
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    The grants should never have been allowed to expire.
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    I’m calling on my congressional representative, Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, to revise this bill. I absolutely support many of the protections and funding that this bill provides, but cannot support such a worthy cause being used as a vehicle to further erode second amendment rights, which provides a means for women to protect themselves from violence. We need to prevent women from becoming victims, not just provide support after they’ve been attacked. Please limit this bill to provisions that will empower women, allow them agency to protect themselves, and aid them when the worst occurs and remove any provisions that will keep them vulnerable, victimized, and dependent on either their abuser or the fickle funding of government programs.
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    Yes, not only women, but all violence against any group of people! Women are trafficked, assaulted, abused, harassed, marginalized, demeaned, treated as a second class citizen, treated as cattle and Yet, care and carry the ass of those who abuse them!
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    Yep!....they should have never let it "lapse" in the first place.
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    @Larubia and @NoHedges, I am so sorry to hear that you are domestic abuse survivors. I am impressed with the strength you both had to leave that situation. The abuse heaped on the “weaker sex” in all places on earth is accepted and even encouraged in so many cultures. The “rule of thumb” saying came from the guide for husbands to use a stick to beat his wife that was no wider than his thumb. That was in colonial America.
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    Not with the current modified version. I myself am a survivor of severe domestic violence and until the justice system and law enforcement has been overhauled, I believe the gun rights should be a separate issue and determined case by case. I have watch helplessly too many times as victims of domestic violence, lacking adequate representation and mental health services, become the accused; or are manipulated into taking the legal fall for their abuser. It is a huge problem in this country that later ends up barring the same empathic members of our society from working in professions where they could be an asset. Likewise, this modified version could end up barring those same victims from owning a firearm that might one day save their life. ——————- Note: Regardless of the way this bill goes, the current stance of the Republican is not one I will be choosing come election day. Their sociopathic policies and lack of accountability is simply to big of a risk to myself, my family, and my fellow Americans.
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    Why am I not surprised that Boebert voted against this bill? She is not working to represent anyone but herself. Shameful.
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    Seriously common sense
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    I can’t believe we even have to ask this question. I watched my mother choked into unconsciousness night after night and then slapped awake as he cried and begged forgiveness. Pardon my CPTSD but fuck that shit and the trains hauling it to Washington. Who’s behind this BS move? Come and talk to me and my 5 siblings and have your snot rags ready. It’s time for the punishment to fit the crime. Period. Go ahead call me, text me. I crawled through windows to get diapers for the youngest while my pregnant (pre-pill days) waited to catch me coming out, babe in arms. Don’t do this to us!
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    Andy Harris from Maryland voted AGAINST VAWA in 2019, 2020 and again in 2021. Also, he is one of the congressmen who flouted metal detectors by refusing to enter the machines or follow additional security checks on January 12. 💩💩💩🤬🤬🤬😤😤😤
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