"The Latest GOP Assaults on Women"
The Republican War on Women Is Only Getting Bigger
While continuing to deny there is any such thing, the Republicans continue their all-out war on women, their health care, and their families.
Here’s the latest.
All of the Senators Voting Against the Violence Against Women Act Were Republican Men
Yesterday, the Senate passed the Violence Against Women Act by an overwhelming 68-31 margin. While every Democrat and all five female Republican senators voted to reauthorize and expand the landmark law, a whopping 31 of their male colleagues voted no.
Meanwhile, House Republicans are going to be crafting a watered down version that leaves out important protections for LGBT people, immigrants, Native Americans, and others.
It’s shameful that some Republicans apparently believe that all women are not entitled to protection from abuse. House Republicans even called the idea that all women deserve protection “controversial.”
House Republicans Rob Health Fund for Women, Children to Pay For Student Loans
Instead of asking Big Oil or millionaires and billionaires to pay their fair share so student loan interest rates don’t double, House Republicans instead passed a bill today that paid for extending the current rates by outright repealing a preventive health fund that disproportionately benefits women and children. From the White House’s veto threat:
Women, in particular, will benefit from this Prevention Fund, which would provide for hundreds of thousands of screenings for breast and cervical cancer. This is a politically-motivated proposal and not the serious response that the problem facing America’s college students deserves.
This new attack was denounced just before today’s vote by Democratic women, including Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (CA). Watch it:
Caught on Tape: The GOP’s Women Problem
To better help Republicans understand that their war on women is very much real, ThinkProgress compiled a lowlight reel of some of their most offensive comments. Check it out:
Evening Brief: Important Stories That You May Have Missed
Pakistan deported Osama bin Laden’s family to Saudi Arabia today, ending speculation about the fate of the three widows and 11 children detained after the May 2nd raid which killed bin Laden.
A District Court has ruled Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s plan to drug-test state employees unconstitutional.
Romney’s advice to students today: borrow $20,000 from your parents.
The right-wing group ALEC, which was dumped by for-profit education company Kaplan today, was so powerful it got its own ethics exemption.
Seventy-five percent of American support “regulating carbon dioxide (the primary greenhouse gas) as a pollutant.”
Recalling war crimes in Liberia after its former President is brought to justice.
The next battle in the war on women: the Paycheck Fairness Act.
The Romney campaign criticizes the Obama administration for discussing the consequences of attacking Iran.
Boston Bruins fans react to overtime loss to Washington Capitals with racist tweets.
Fox News won’t let go of the lie that President Obama apologized for America.