Rare Outbreak of Bi-Partisanship in the U.S. House

By Tom Bacon

Three Republican House members from Washington shrugged off defeat of their own GOP version of a bill to protect women against violence, then turned around and voted for a measure approved easily with bi-partisan support in the Senate.
 
The trio of GOP lawmakers was led by eastern Washington's Cathy McMorris Rodgers. She and Jamie Hererra-Buetler  and Dave Reichert all initially voted for a bill which bore McMorris-Rodgers' name as sponsor. But when it became clear that even House Republicans would not support it, the three representatives switched their votes to "aye" for a measure sent over from the Senate with stronger protections for Indian women, lesbians and trans-gender women.

The Senate version had been pushed strongly by Washington Senators Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell.

That bill passed the House easily, 286 to 138 with Washington's three Republicans voting for it along with 84 other Republicans. All Democratic members of the House voted for it.

Washington's other GOP member, Doc Hastings, voted against both versions of the bill.

Idaho's two Republicans, Mike Simpson and Raul Labrador, split their votes - Simpson voting for the Senate version of the Violence Against Women Act, Labrador against it.

Oregon's lone Republican Greg Walden, also voted for the Senate version.
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