Guinta Opposes Bipartisan Senate Bill;
Why Doesn't Guinta Support Protections for All Women Against Violence?
House version of Violence Against Women Act lacks key protections for Native Americans, Immigrants, LGBT victims
CONCORD - Why does Frank Guinta oppose ensuring all women are protected against domestic violence?
While Frank Guinta is publicly proclaiming his support for the Violence Against Women Act, he is actually part of a Tea Party effort in the House to block the bipartisan Senate bill because it includes protections for Native Americans, immigrants and lesbians and transgender individuals. Frank Guinta should explain his opposition to this bipartisan legislation and why he does not believe all women deserve protection against domestic violence.
"Frank Guinta is not being frank about his opposition to the bipartisan Senate version of the Violence Against Women Act," said Raymond Buckley. "Why does Frank Guinta oppose protections for victims of domestic violence for immigrants, Native Americans or lesbians? Women across the Granite State and across the country deserve better than what they are getting from Frank Guinta's attempt to strip important protections from this legislation."
Guinta recently published an Op-Ed in local media in which he declared he supported the House's reauthorization plan. He made no mention of the fact that the House was blocking a bipartisan Senate bill by fighting to strip protections from some women, including immigrant, LGBT and Native American victims.
"Frank Guinta is throwing in his lot with the likes of Speaker Bill O'Brien: disregarding common sense, bipartisan solutions to appease the Tea Party elite," said Buckley. "Guinta's support of rolling back protections for women is more than playing politics, it is dangerous and is putting women at real risk."
The Violence Against Women Act was first passed in 1994 with broad, bipartisan support and has been regularly reauthorized with increasing protections. The most recent reauthorization was passed in the Senate last week, also on a bipartisan basis, and preserved and enhanced protections. The House bill falls far short.
The House Bill will also hinder the ability of service providers to reach victims, weakens resources for victims in subsidized housing and eliminates improvements to address dating violence and sexual assault on college campuses.
"Frank Guinta says that he is 'actively fighting for New Hampshire's interests in Washington.' If that is true, then he should fight for better, bipartisan legislation that protects and enhances critical provisions for all women instead of supporting legislation that says some women just aren't entitled to equal protection under the law from violence," said Buckley.