Apr 30, 2013
NRCC Asks Women To Ignore Anti-Women Agenda
The National Republican Congressional Committee apparently thinks their problem with women voters is a tactical problem about outreach, not a substance problem about their agenda. Today, the NRCC launched online advertising designed to reach women voters with hopes they would forget that the Republican agenda in Congress is extreme and anti-women.
Republicans voted against the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act and blocked the Pay Equity Act. The Majority of Republicans in congress voted against reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act and they’ve repeatedly voted to strip funding for women’s health care services at Planned Parenthood – even threatening to shut down the government over it. These are the same House Republicans who even voted to redefine rape.
“House Republicans wish women voters would forget their past and ignore their agenda, but women voters are too smart for that,” said Emily Bittner of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “This Republican Congress has been the most extreme, anti-woman legislature in American history with an agenda to deny women equal pay, quality health care services and even domestic violence protections. If Republicans think their problem is the style of their marketing campaign - not the substance they’re selling - they’ve missed the message of the 2012 elections.”
HIGHLIGHTS: The Republican Record on Women
- Republicans opposed Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay which restores the rights of women and other workers to challenge unfair pay in court — by rectifying the May 2007 Ledbetter v. Goodyear Supreme Court decision that overturned precedent and made it much more difficult for workers to pursue pay discrimination claims.
- Majority of Republicans voted against reauthorizing Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) which provides funding to states for a variety of programs designed to combat violence against women. VAWA authorizes programs like STOP grants, Transitional Housing Assistance Grants, legal assistance for victims, amongst other programs, that help victim service providers, law enforcement, and prosecutors to keep victims from further abuse and hold perpetrators accountable. VAWA also made certain acts of domestic violence a federal crime (S.47, Vote #55, 2/28/13).
- Republicans voted to strip funding for Planned Parenthood and threatened to shut down government over it. House Republicans voted to strip funding for Planned Parenthood which operates 820 health centers around the country and provides sexual and reproductive health care, education, and information to over 5 million women, men, and adolescents each year. Although only 3% of all Planned Parenthood services provided are abortions, Republicans voted to eliminate all federal funding for Planned Parenthood for FY2011, on an amendment to a FY2011 funding bill. And threatened to shut down government if it wasn’t defunded.. [Link to vote: Vote #93]; Link to vote: Vote #271]
- Republicans voted to redefine rape. On March 3, 2011, all but one Republican on the House Judiciary Committee voted to redefine “rape” in federal law to include only “forcible rape.” This would have upended the long-standing definition of “rape” in federal law and denied important funding for rape victims. The Republicans’ new definition of rape would have excluded the many forms of non-forcible rape, such as statutory rape involving a female minor and an adult male — and would have prohibited such rape victims from receiving critical health care from programs such as Medicaid. [House Judiciary Committee, markup vote, H.R. 3]
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