Not everyone in the House of Representatives wanted to pass the Senate's version of the bill to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act — which the House succeeded in doing on Thursday afternoon. (The bill is now headed to President Obama, who has promised to sign it.)
After all, efforts to reauthorize the bill, which funds a bevy of programs designed to helps victims of violence, have languished for nearly a year in the GOP-controlled House, whose members have either ignored or tinkered with Senate versions of the reauthorization bill, which provisions funding for the Act for the next five years. (Since expiring at the end of 2011, VAWA has survived on temporary funding.) It's a relief, certainly, but also an opportunity to recognize the Congressmen and -women who still didn't want to reauthorize an important bill that has always been reauthorized, without controversy, since being passed in 1994.
A total of 138 House members voted against reauthorizing the intact bill, including nine GOP Congressmen — Paul Broun, Scott Garrett, Louie Gohmert, Tim Huelskamp, Walter Jones, Steve King, Thomas Massie, Tom McClintock and Matt Salmon — who vowed on Wednesday to strike down any version of the bill — even the heavily amended version their colleagues tried to push through (unsuccessfully) before considering, and passing, the Senate's bill.