STATEMENT BY ANN LEWIS
DEPUTY CAMPAIGN MANAGER
Bob Dole's record on protecting women from domestic violence: It is Bob Dole who has questions to answer.
Call it the "gender gap" blues. Press accounts have repeatedly mentioned that Bob Dole is personally bothered by the fact that he is trailing President Clinton among American women.
This frustration is the only explanation for Bob Dole's ridiculous and unfounded charge today.
But Bob Dole has no one to blame but himself.
American women are supporting President Clinton because they have seen the President work hard to address their concerns and improve their safety.
The President's record on protecting women from violence is strong. He signed the Violence Against Women Act into law as part of the 1994 Anti-Crime Bill. The President's program to put 100,000 additional police on the street included $20 million specifically designated for local domestic violence programs.
At virtually every turn over the last 3 years, Bob Dole and his partner Newt Gingrich opposed the President's efforts for their own narrow partisan reasons. They voted "NO" on the Violence Against Women Act and the 1994 Anti-Crime Bill. They voted "NO" on funding local domestic violence programs. And they voted "NO" on keeping handguns out of the wrong hands.
If it were up to Bob Dole, there would be no domestic violence hotline. Bob Dole's opposition to this important program is consistent with his 35 year record in Washington. In 1980, for example, Dole voted against a $65 million grant program to prevent domestic violence and provide emergency shelter for battered women.
It is Bob Dole who will have to answer for his partisan opposition to sensible actions taken by President Clinton to protect American women from violence.
The Dole Record On Domestic Violence: Opposing Efforts To Protect Women From Violence And Domestic Abuse
Senator Dole has opposed, filibustered and voted against President Clinton's efforts to provide more protections for American women.
The Violence Against Women Act -- Senator Dole Voted No: Dole bragged about"leading" passage of Violence Against Women Act. In May 1996, Dole spoke to a group of Republican women in Washington, DC claiming that among the reasons that women should support his presidential campaign was the fact that his record included, "leading the Senate to fully fund -- for the first time -- the Violence Against Women Act" [CNN, 5/8/96]
However, Dole voted against the Violence Against Women Act -- and referred to it as "pork." On August 14, 1994, Dole discussed his opposition to President Clinton's Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994. Dole said the bill contained "pork" social spending. Dole then led opposition to the Crime Bill and eventually voted against it. After the Crime Bill passed -- despite Dole's filibustering and threatening to kill the bill -- Dole referred to the "$10 billion worth of pork" in the Crime Bill. Included in the $10 billion in so-called "pork" was the $1.8 billion in funding for the Violence Against Women Act. [NBC "Meet The Press," 8/14/95; Washington Post, 8/15/94; LA Times, 8/12/94; Dole speech, Denver Colorado, CSPAN, Campaign '94; 1994 CQ Almanac, Votes # 294, 295, p. 50-S]
Opposition To Action On Domestic Violence Is Not New To Bob Dole's Long Career. Opposition to federal action against domestic violence is not new to Bob Dole's 35 year congressional career. Sixteen years ago in 1980, Bob Dole voted against the Domestic Violence Prevention and Services Act sponsored by Sen. Alan Cranston (D-CA). The act established a $65 million grant program for state, local and private efforts to prevent domestic violence and provide emergency shelter to victims. Republican senators eventually killed the bill with a threatened filibuster. [1980 CQ Almanac, p. 443-445, vote #382, 9/4/80; DPC, Senate Vote Report, 1980, vote # 390]
More Local Police To Fight Abuse Against Women -- Senator Dole Voted No: Why did Bob Dole vote against investing $20 million in local police department programs to combat domestic violence? When Bob Dole filibustered and voted against President Clinton's 1994 anti-crime bill, he voted against putting 100,000 new police officers on America's streets through the Community Oriented Policing (COPS) program. And in 1995, Dole voted to eliminate funding for the COPS program altogether. Among the COPS programs the President's initiative created was the Community Oriented Policing to Combat Domestic Violence program -- which makes $20 million available to local police departments that apply community policing techniques to fight domestic violence. [Department Of Health And Human Services, Reuters, 8/24/94; CQ Almanac, 1994 (50-S); Congressional Record, 12/7/95 (Vote # 591; CQ, 12/9/95)]
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