Cornyn Calls on Democrats to Stop Blocking VAWA Extension


In: All News   Posted 04/10/2019
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‘It seems increasingly clear to me that rather than providing the funding for victims of sexual assault and other violence, rather than finding solutions, really what's happening here is politics is creeping in and rearing its ugly head. It's clear to me that this isn't about finding a solution. This is about political game-playing.’

‘I would encourage our colleagues across the aisle to put politics aside for just a moment and work with us to pass a short-term extension for VAWA while we use the regular order to discuss long-term solutions… we’d ask them to reconsider and work with us, not for us, but for the victims of domestic violence that are suffering as a result of their game-playing.’

WASHINGTON – Today on the floor, U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) urged Democrats to stop playing political games with funding for the Violence Against Women Act and join with Republicans to pass a short-term extension while a long-term agreement can be negotiated. Excerpts of Sen. Cornyn’s floor remarks are below, and video can be found here.

“Earlier this year, our Democratic colleagues allowed VAWA to get caught in the crosshairs of our funding debates, and they insisted we should not fund this vital program because it was overdue for updates, so their arguments were, ‘we want to reform or update VAWA so we're going to let funding for it lapse.’ It just didn't make any sense at all.”

“In the nearly two months since, we’ve tried to negotiate a short-term extension to fund these vital programs. As recently as last week, our Democratic colleagues had a chance to support the restoration of funding while our negotiations continued.”

“It seems increasingly clear to me that rather than providing the funding for victims of sexual assault and other violence, rather than finding solutions, really what's happening here is politics is creeping in and rearing its ugly head. It's clear to me that this isn't about finding a solution. This is about political game-playing.”

“Our Democratic colleagues first refused to fund the Violence Against Women Act. They allowed it to expire, and now they are using victims of domestic violence as leverage to push through their rushed one-sided piece of legislation. Throwing a temper tantrum and holding the Violence Against Women Act hostage until you get what you want is not a responsible way to legislate.”

“I would encourage our colleagues across the aisle to put politics aside for just a moment and work with us to pass a short-term extension for VAWA while we use the regular order to discuss long-term solutions. There is a good way and a bad way to do this, and unfortunately our Democratic colleagues have chosen the bad way. But we’d ask them to reconsider and work with us, not for us, but for the victims of domestic violence that are suffering as a result of their game-playing.”