The House passed their version of the Violence Against Women Act reauthorization act yesterday – a move that Rep. Nancy Pelosi slammed as not going far enough. It did not have much of the Senate bill’s offering which seeks to include members of the LGBT community and would allow for Tribal trials of abusers on Native American land regardless of that defendant’s race. House Democrats are painting the House bill as more evidence of the GOP's "War on Women." But do these wrung out attacks still hold up? Fourteen female GOP House members wrote a recent column in POLITICO arguing that the “Julia” and “War on Women” campaigns have been pushed by Democrats because women don’t support their real policies.
When Republicans talk about freedom, entrepreneurship, patient-centered health care and fiscal responsibility, most women respond positively. And when Republicans propose policies grounded in those principles — reducing taxes on small businesses, shrinking the deficit through the Ryan plan, and repealing “Obamacare” — women see that it’s the Republican Party that’s advancing their values, not the Democrats.
The Republican Party is the real party of American women. And women have played a huge role in our party’s success. We have a dynamic group of 24 women in the House, including a record nine freshmen. Four of the six women governors today are Republicans. We’re also the only party in the past 25 years to nominate a woman for vice president.
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