Thursday, July 14, 2005

Where are the Republicans?

7/14/05 Update from the National Center for Victims of Crime reports that three violence against women bills were introduced in the House of Representatives on June 30.

Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA) introduced the Security and Financial Empowerment Act. H.R. 3185 would promote the economic security and safety of victims of domestic and sexual violence. It would provide for emergency leave to allow victims to address domestic or sexual violence; allow victims of domestic or sexual violence to receive unemployment compensation if their employment is terminated for reasons related to the violence; and prohibit employment discrimination against victims. The bill would also prohibit insurance discrimination against victims and provide for the creation of a national clearinghouse on domestic and sexual violence in the workplace.

Rep. Janice D. Schakowsky (D-IL) introduced the Immigrant Victims of Violence Protection Act of 2005. H.R. 3188 would amend a number of provisions in the immigration law to increase protection for victims of abuse as well as victims of trafficking and their families. The bill would also provide that victims of battery, extreme cruelty, sexual violence, or trafficking have access to legal services regardless of their immigration status, and would provide that certain immigrant victims of domestic violence have access to public benefits.

Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) introduced the VAWA Reauthorization Act of 2005. H.R. 3171 combines the provisions of H.R. 3185 and H.R. 3188 with most of the provisions of H.R. 2876, the Violence Against Women Act of 2005. It also includes several additional provisions.

Interestingly enough, all three bills were introduced by Democrat congresswomen. This begs the question: what are their Republican counterparts introducing? Stay tuned...