U.S. Sen. Mike Johanns (R-Neb.) today voted for an amendment introduced by Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), while addressing the unconstitutional provisions in the legislation introduced by Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.).
"The legislation I supported today would have strengthened programs to protect women against acts of violence and made our society a safer place to live," Johanns said. "Preventing violence against women should not be a partisan issue, which is why it is a shame that the Democrat leadership in the Senate has decided to use this issue to score political points, rather than working to create good policy."
The amendment would have strengthened several of VAWA's grant programs, increased criminal penalties for domestic violence, and allowed tribal councils to request protective orders in federal courts for Native American women. Unfortunately, Sen. Grassley's amendment failed to advance by a vote of 34 to 64.