Shame on Blunt, Roberts for their anti-women votes today
The Kansas City Star
Only 22 U.S. senators voted ‘no’ today on the Violence Against Women Act, which fortunately passed 78-22.
Shamefully, two opponents were from the Heartland: Missouri’s Roy Blunt and Kansas’ Pat Roberts. (The rest of the Shameful 22 are listed at the bottom of this post.)
Roberts’ stance could have been expected.
The ultra-conservative Republican is pretty much in the pocket of tea party extremists these days on all kinds of issues. The days from a decade ago when he was supposed to be a respected, old-guard leader on intelligence issues are long gone.
What a disappointment he is now for traditional Kansas values.
Blunt’s vote was a bigger disappointment.
He’s one of the supposed “moderate” Republicans who could take a leadership role on fiscal and social issues during the second term of President Barack Obama. Goodness knows the country needs some in the GOP party to work in the best interest of compromise and moving the country forward.
Blunt should be one of those leaders. Alas, he wasn’t on the Violence Against Women Act vote.
Missouri Democrat Claire McCaskill voted for the act, as did Kansas Republican Jerry Moran. Good for both of them.
The U.S. House now gets the bill containing the Violence Against Women Act. In a positive move, some Republicans seem to be open to passing a version of the act this year, after killing it in 2012.
Today’s vote exposed the fact that the U.S. Senate simply needs more women in it, in part to balance out the totally backwards views by male senators on women’s issues.
All 22 who voted against the act were men. And all were Republicans - although it’s a bit encouraging to point out that 23 Republicans (including Moran) did vote for it.
The 22 Republicans who voted against it were Sens. John Barrasso (WY), Roy Blunt (MO), John Boozman (AR), Tom Coburn (OK), John Cornyn (TX), Ted Cruz (TX), Mike Enzi (WY), Lindsey Graham (SC), Chuck Grassley (IA), Orrin Hatch (UT), James Inhofe (OK), Mike Johanns (NE), Ron Johnson (WI), Mike Lee (UT), Mitch McConnell (KY), Rand Paul (KY), Jim Risch (ID), Pat Roberts (KS), Marco Rubio (FL), Tim Scott (SC), Jeff Sessions (AL) and John Thune (SD).