(FiveNation.com)- Actress Angelina Jolie was in Washington DC last week to lobby the Senate to pass the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, the generally redundant and useless legislation first championed nearly thirty years ago by then-Senator Joe Biden.
Last Tuesday, Jolie was working to boost bipartisan support for the latest reauthorization which, this time around, includes some highly partisan poison-pill measures designed to get Republicans to vote against it.
This is why the VAWA exists, make no mistake about it.
It is unnecessary legislation that Democrats exploit as a way to portray Republicans as anti-women. That’s why it has to be continually reauthorized. It’s a political football disguised as legislation.
The current reauthorization expands red-flag gun provisions to include those involved in non-romantic relationships. It also requires that biological males who claim to be women or “gender-fluid” be accepted into women’s shelters.
Democrats place these poison-pill provisions in so that Republicans oppose the reauthorization and Democrats can flog that opposition during the midterm election.
But Angelina Jolie probably doesn’t even know that part.
So Jolie made the rounds, meeting with House Democrat Cori Bush (BLM-MO), Republican Senators Mitt Romney and Lindsey Graham, and Democrat Senator Jeanne Shaheen.
It’s unclear why Jolie met with Cori Bush since the House already passed the VAWA reauthorization back in March.
On Thursday, a bipartisan group of senators announced they had reached an agreement on the framework to update and reauthorize the VAWA which lapsed in 2019.
Democrats Dick Durbin and Dianne Feinstein, working with Republicans Joni Ernst and Lisa Murkowski announced that they plan to introduce the bill in January. The measure includes the provisions to expand the existing “red flag” law to bar domestic abusers from owning firearms. It would also expand services for survivors of domestic violence, “LGBT survivors,” “survivors with disabilities,” and survivors of elder abuse.