Party Lines Blurred For Bipartisan College Rape Bills


It was a busy week with legislation filed that was aimed at the sexual assault of college students. Just a day after Senators Claire McCaskill (D-Mo) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) revealed their much anticipated rape package, the House revealed a sister version of its own that was submitted on Thursday afternoon. This companion package had just as many Republican co-sponsors as it did Democrats. This left many with a sense that this is a cause that is not actually being ignored by many Republican lawmakers.

Representative Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) led the way with the House Campus Safety and Accountability Act. This new Act has 18 co-sponsors, with seven issuing statements on Thursday making note that this bill was a bipartisan effort.

In a press conference Wednesday morning McCaskill said “This bill represents a rare thing in Washington – a truly collaborative, bipartisan effort – and that bodes well for our shared fight to turn the tide against sexual violence on our campuses”.

It’s encouraging to see the number of Republicans that are signing the bill because it kind of suggests that they didn’t let what was being said by conservative pundits sway them. We all know that they have been denying that there is an issue with campus rape and have even called it an overblown issue.

Gillibrand and McCaskill have said that the intent is to get the bill a vote in the Senate this year. There is a long road ahead though and it may require a push into the next session of Congress.

Sources:
Kingkade, T. (2014, July 31). Party Lines Fall By Wayside For Bipartisan College Rape Bills. Retrieved August 6, 2014, from http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/07/31/bipartisan-campus-rape-bill_n_5638749.html?utm_hp_ref=college

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