Violence Against Women Act: Why Is Senator Roy Blunt Still Opposing? LGBT Protections?

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Sam Levin
Roy Blunt.
One of the more heated battles in D.C. this year so far centers around the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, a measure that provides protection for victims of domestic violence. Congress failed to extend it last year, but it's now under consideration at the House -- after it passed through the U.S. Senate last week.

With no help from Missouri Senator Roy Blunt, a Republican.

Blunt was in the minority of GOP senators who voted no. Republicans have objected to added protections for LGBT people, Native Americans and undocumented immigrants.

Daily RFT asked Blunt why he opposed -- does he not support LGBT protections?

"My prediction is I will vote for the extension of the Violence Against Women Act when it happens," Blunt says in response to our question at the end of his St. Louis press conference last week on mental health. "But when it happens, they will have worked out the Indian reservations issues -- and the other issues that are real problems in that bill."

He adds, "The bill that was on the Senate floor will not ever become law."

Is he concerned with the specific LGBT protections, we ask in a follow-up question.

"I think I just answered the question," he replies, adding, "See you all," as he makes his way out the door of the center where he had staged the news conference.

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Sam Levin
Roy Blunt addresses reporters.

Blunt was one of 22 senators to oppose the bill, up against the 78 that voted in favor of it last week.

Critics of this small minority opposing the measure argue that they are pandering to the extreme right-wing viewpoints; for example, a Post-Dispatch editorial, highlighting Blunt's no vote, says, "Voting against help for people whose sexual or ethnic orientation frequently make them targets for violence won't make them go away."

While Blunt's conservative viewpoints aren't all that surprising -- he has fought against bill to bar employers from discriminating against gays and lesbians -- his vote against VAWA comes at a time when the measure is getting support from GOP politicians as well.

Continue for information on Senator Claire McCaskill's support of VAWA.

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Josh Goodman
Josh Goodman

Larry because more laws make people feel safer.

Larry Schuff
Larry Schuff

Uhh, syooopid me, but don't we ALREADY have laws against violence? Why do we NEED segmented laws like this?

Sarah Wess Potter
Sarah Wess Potter

VAWA used to be a routine reauthorization. We are so polarized now that this important and valuable legislation is being maligned. It is wrong to stop this bill.

Joe Harman
Joe Harman

Come on now folks!!! Do you really think anyone in their right mind would not support what this bill is about??? What's really happening here is that Senators are opposing it because extra items have been added to this bill that do not have anything to do with what the bill is about. They in turn use this to say their political opponent does not support protecting women from violence when the next election comes around! From left to right, these types of games played by politicians should not be tolerated! This is simply a chess game.

Chris Ferguson
Chris Ferguson

Domestic violence is not a federal issue.This has nothing to do with LGBT issues. If you believe more should be done to help women who are victims of violence, lobby your state or local representatives as crime is their pervue.

Donna Parks Ratkowski
Donna Parks Ratkowski

Let's just say this isn't the first time I've been offended by Senator Blunt.

Josh Goodman
Josh Goodman

Crime is crime. Why should LGBT be treated any differently?

JJ O'Brand
JJ O'Brand

I cant wait til that twunt is gone.......

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