Mitchell Reports | February 15, 2013
>>> president obama has called for house renewal of the violence against women act , which has now been passed twice by the senate, but stalled in the house .
>> we know our economy is stronger, but our wives, our mothers, our daughters can live their lives free from discrimination in the workplace and free from the fear of domestic violence . today the senate passed the violence against women 's act that joe biden originally wrote almost 20 years ago, and i now urge the house to do the same.
>> and joining me now here is kim , ceo of the national necessitated net work to end domestic violence . kim , we've seen the senate again pass it, and every republican woman senator voted for it. that sends a very strong signal that after the year they had the republican party in 2012 , republican women , at least, feel that this is not one to take a stand against. what about pressure in the house on john boehner , who has been decidedly look warm to say the least about it.
>> republican pick-ups in the senate voted for the violence against women act , including all republican women and all democratic women . a lot of pressure on john boehner .
>> there's a big issue about whether the federal government and federal courts should be getting involved on native american lands to protect tribal women from non-tribal men.
>> they facts on our website we have some of those responses, but in particular they say that this is not a federal issue. well, indeed, state and local governments do have laws against domestics violence, but they don't have sufficient funding to deal with it, and there is the issue of crimes that take place across state lines, interstate crimes, and crimes on federal lands , like tribal lands, like military bases, and the like. those simply were not addressed. violence against women act was needed to set up those critical laws in areas that were not addressed by state laws, and also to provide money that was badly needed for law enforcement for prosecution, for judges, for training, for director services.
>> we're talking about $600 million plus, is that correct, a year in annual appropriations? there's some money still left over and expired in 2011 that was first enacted in 1994 . it was a joe biden measure. he was headed to the judiciary committee .
>> it was the co-author that was horin hatch that was a biden hatch bill in 1994 and how do you think there was a single disenting vote when it was pass examined re-authorized in 2000 and 2005 .
>> the thinking back in 1994 , i'm thinking back of the reaction after the anita hill , clarence thomas controversy in 1991 was there more of an impetus to get behind women 's issues?
>> in 1992 there was the year of the woman. i always why it was just one year and one woman, but that was the big year. one woman. exactly. in 1992 i think that was the beginning of the impetus because we went from two women in the senate to a very significant number of women who were all there pushing for women 's issues and addressing domestic violence . very, very important.
>> john boehner , from house republican men and women .
>> 19 members.
>> 17 members, and i was surprised to see that some of the house republicans who have been supportive up to this point with whom we've been working weren't even on the letter. this was a whole new set of house republicans that joined together to say we need a bipartisan bill, we need to do it, we need to get it done now, take leadership, make it happen.
>> kim , it's great to see you.