On Thursday, the US House of Representatives voted to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). The act, according to the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV), “creates and supports comprehensive, cost-effective responses to domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence and stalking.”
The act, which was originally authored by president Joe Biden, was passed 244 to 172 one day after seven women were killed in attacks across three massage parlors in Atlanta, Georgia.
All Democrats and 29 Republicans voted in favor of the bill, and 172 Republicans voted to oppose the measure.
While the bill’s passage in the House was celebrated, there was also a widespread reaction to the fact that so many lawmakers chose to vote against the bill.
One social media, Jake Lobin, tweeted “172 Republicans voted against renewing the Violence Against Women Act today because they see no problem with violence against women.”
Another user blasted the Republicans for having “no redeeming qualities”, and others accused the party of not caring for the safety of women in the country.
244-172: House votes to reauthorize and update the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), which expired two years ago. 29 Republicans joined all Democrats in voting Yes. Bill now heads to the Senate. pic.twitter.com/bxW2Jlxgjl
— Craig Caplan (@CraigCaplan) March 17, 2021
172 Republicans voted against renewing the Violence Against Women Act today because they see no problem with violence against women.#VAWA
— Jake Lobin (@JakeLobin) March 17, 2021
There are no redeeming qualities in Republicans. They are against races except white; believe women should be subservient & objects; keep the poor & working class in or near poverty; deny healthcare; no “handouts”—except from big donors to themselves. #GQPTraitorsToDemocracy
— Lady D—Wear A Mask😷 (@LadyDonalee) March 17, 2021
Right now the house is debating the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act. The fact that there is any opposition to this is soul crushing.
The attacks in Georgia again demonstrated the intersection of guns and sexual violence against women. Congress needs to pass #VAWA now.
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) March 17, 2021
172 Republicans think that violence against women is just fine.
Luckily, #VAWA passed anyway.
But still, wtf GQP?
— Grant Stern (@grantstern) March 17, 2021
172 House Republicans voted against renewing the Violence Against Women Act.
Only 4 House Republicans voted to lift the bullshit deadline for the Equal Rights Amendment.
Let that sink in. Really feel the weight of the @GOP misogyny and sexism.
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) March 18, 2021
Each year, millions suffer domestic abuse in silence because they're financially dependent on their partners. I'm proud my measure to integrate economic abuse as a form of domestic violence is included in the Violence Against Women Act, which the House voted to renew today. #VAWA
— Rep. Katie Porter (@RepKatiePorter) March 17, 2021
As a child of abuse I can attest that this legislation is LONG OVERDUE!! It is a very complicated, scary and dangerous situation in which to live. The women and children of abuse ~ emotional and physical ~ desperately need help. Desperately. Desperate. Desperation. In DIRE Need!!
— Andrea ~ Resisting & Dissenting in Cali (@xycochik) March 18, 2021
When are the republicans going to understand that their lawmakers dont care about them?
— EremiticWolf 🇺🇸 🌊 (@EremiticWolf) March 18, 2021