Michele Bachmann only MN congressperson to vote against Violence Against Women Act

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Erik Paulsen and John Kline voted for the bill, but not Michele.
Yesterday, Michele Bachmann was the only Minnesota congressperson to vote against reauthorization of the historically uncontroversial Violence Against Women Act. Then, in classic Bachmann fashion, her spokesman explained her vote by offering up a heaping mound of doublespeak.

SEE ALSO: Al Franken cried on the Senate floor last year when VAWA renewal stalled

The VAWA -- first approved in 1994 and reapproved twice since 2000 before yesterday's vote -- drew ire from some Republicans this time around for reasons "ranging from a belief that states should handle such matters to concerns over protections extended to gays and lesbians and expanding the authority of tribal courts," the Washington Post reports.

Mother Jones details the political wrangling that preceded yesterday's vote:
On Thursday, following a heated debate on the House floor, lawmakers passed the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act. Republicans had held up the law for more than a year over provisions designed to protect undocumented immigrants, Native Americans and members of the LGBT community. In a separate, earlier vote, the House rejected an alternative, stripped-down VAWA pushed by House Majority Leader Rep. Eric Cantor, instead embracing the bipartisan version of the bill the Senate passed last week.

The Senate version of the bill, however, was itself a modified version of Democrats' original bill, passed after Democrats acquiesced to Republican objections and removed a section that would have made more visas available to undocumented victims of domestic violence who help law enforcement prosecute their abusers. But the Senate's compromise bill wasn't good enough for the House Republican leadership, who introduced an alternate version that removed protections for members of the LGBT community and made it harder for tribal courts to prosecute non-Indian abusers [that version of the bill was voted down, paving the way for House approval of the Senate's modified version]...

Thursday's vote was much closer than 2005, the last time the Violence Against Women Act was reauthorized. This year, the bill passed 286-138, with just 87 Republicans joining all 199 Democrats (one Democrat did not vote). In 2005, there were only four "no" votes.
That seems to make it pretty clear that the version of VAWA pushed by Senate Democrats was the stronger version of the bill, right? Not according to the reasoning employed by Bachmann spokesman Dan Kotman.

"Rep. Bachmann recognizes the importance of giving local law enforcement and nonprofit programs the resources they need to fight against domestic violence and sexual assault, which is why she supported the stronger House version of the Violence Against Women Act," Kotman told the Star Tribune.

With logic like that, it's no wonder Bachmann -- contra a mountain of evidence to the contrary -- believes she's incapable of uttering falsehoods.


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redrock435
redrock435

Bachmann is a direct reflection of the Republican voters of Minnesota voters! And they wonder around confused by why they can't defeat the worthless Obama. Please GOP make either Bachmann or Palin your nominee for president!!!!

redrock435
redrock435

Bachmann is a direct reflection of the Republican voters of Minnesota voters! And they wonder around confused by why they can't defeat the worthless Obama. Please GOP make either Bachmann or Palin your nominee for president!!!!

Sammy L Cater
Sammy L Cater

does anyone have a link on the exact details of the bill?

Brad Bergerson
Brad Bergerson

Why would a woman vote against a ban on violence against women?

Jason Bistodeau
Jason Bistodeau

How many times do I have to repeat myself: SHE IS NOT A PERSON! Bachtard is NOT a human being. She can't possibly be.

Erika J. Dani
Erika J. Dani

I don't get why the House Republicans try to make it harder for non-Indian abusers to get prosecuted by the tribal court. Don't they realize that this is a well documented problem? Non-Indian men, especially white men, are going to reservations PURPOSE to carry out abuse and sexual crimes, because they know they can get away with it! The Republicans area basically saying American Indian women don't matter. The house republicans and the people who voted them in office are also the same people who are asking American Indian people to just "get over" what white people have done to them through out history. I really cannot wrap my head around WHY house republicans would want to make it harder for tribal courts to prosecute. Not only is it denying historical (and continued!) abuse against American Indian women, it is also denying a scary reality that means non- Indian abusers are immune to prosecution as long as they commit crimes on the reservation!

Amanda Platson
Amanda Platson

Wow...like we needed yet another thing to add to the list of reasons why she is a complete waste of space...

Sarah Kennedy
Sarah Kennedy

Undoubtedly because it was expanded to include protections for LGBT persons. What a hateful troll... she has no place in public office.

Melissa Dreier
Melissa Dreier

Way to stand up for Women Bachmann. I expected no more of you.

Valorie Woodhull
Valorie Woodhull

I LIVE in her district, & NOBODY admits to voting for her....

nbrooks4
nbrooks4

I really don't like this woman!!!

Bob Alberti
Bob Alberti

Her husband out to smack her around a bit, but he's busy blowing guys.

Onan
Onan

@Brad Bergerson She likes to be slapped around a bit...

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@Eva Chavarria Hunter We need more Republicans like Michele in office.  At least she is honest about what she believes.   John Kline and Erik Paulson vote with her 90% of the time they just know how to lie about their true beliefs. They only voted for this because the media is destroying anyone who doesn't vote for it.   I bet they have about the same beliefs as Bachmann, they just don't want the controversy.   Did any Republican speak out when this bill got killed before?   Not Kline or Paulson.  They are good soldiers who will lie about anything to get votes.

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@Onan Don't be stupid.  I disagree with Bachmann and she is an idiot to vote against this bill but making sexist jokes about her and domestic violence is wrong. You are better than that.

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