Legislative Update for April 20, 2012

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Violence Against Women

As part of promulgating the so-called “War on Women,” on Wednesday, April 18, President Barack Obama signed a memorandum that directs federal agencies to develop policies for the effects of domestic violence.At the same time, Vice President Joe Biden held a White House event on the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), where he criticized Republicans for holding up VAWA.

Shortly thereafter, Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nevada) brought up the VAWA legislation on the Senate floor with a vote expected early next week.This legislation, with the nice title, destroys the family by obscuring real violence in order to promote the feminist agenda.

VAWA creates new protections for homosexuals.In order to receive federal grants, domestic violence organizations have to agree to embrace the homosexual agenda.

It has morphed into a series of rigid and ineffective law enforcement programs that continue to spend approximately $455 million each year. One such program spent $300,000 for 400 male students to parade around campus wearing high heels in order to highlight rape.The school that received this VAWA grant had only four rapes from 2005-2010.

According to Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), VAWA fails to ensure that the money being spent is not wasted on ineffective programs.He said that random audits by the Inspector General found repeated irregularities and misconduct, including unauthorized and unallowable expenses in 21 of 22 grants.

ACT NOW: We have just learned that Sen. Reid has used a procedural motion to ensure that other senators cannot offer amendments to improve this bill.Please call your senators now at 202-224-3121 and urge them to oppose S. 1925.Also, ask them to oppose VAWA so long as Sen. Reid blocks all amendments to the bill.To find your senators, please click here.


Early this week, Senate Budget Chairman Kent Conrad (D-North Dakota) announced that he would mark up a Democrat budget in Committee on Wednesday, April 18.On Tuesday, he revealed the Budget Committee would not be sending a budget to the Senate floor.

It has been over 1,000 days since the Senate has passed a budget.The last budget passed was on April 29, 2009.Senate Democrats claim there is no reason to pass a budget since the Budget Control Act (BCA) constitutes one.However the Senate Parliamentarian disagrees, as does President Obama, who has sent his own budget to Capitol Hill.The BCA only addresses discretionary spending, which is only 40% of the budget.