Representative John Conyers (D-Mich.) is calling the GOP’s revisions to the Violence Against Women Act — which excludes immigrants, women of color, and Native Americans — a “flat out attack on women.” The congressman told the House Judiciary Committee that the original bipartisan, Senate-approved bill has been stripped of key provisions which democrats will not vote in favor of. The Huffington Post:
Five minutes into a House Judiciary Committee mark-up of the GOP’s Violence Against Women Act, Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) called the bill a “flat-out attack on women” for eliminating protections for immigrant women, Native Americans and the LGBT community.
“This bill is a move backwards,” Conyers told the committee. “I can assure you, you will not get the vote of the Democratic side of this committee because it is a step backwards and a flat-out attack on women.”
The comment drew audible sighs and one “Come on!” from Conyer’s Republican colleagues, who are tired of being accused of waging a “war on women.”
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