COLUMBUS — The Ohio Democratic Party released the following statement from Chairman David Pepper in response to today’s U.S. House vote to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act:
“Today Steve Chabot voted against protecting women and children from dangerous domestic abusers. And it’s clear why — Chabot has taken big campaign checks from the NRA, which opposed the bill because it will close the ‘boyfriend’ loophole and ensure any intimate partner or former partner who is convicted of domestic violence can’t have firearms. It’s appalling that Chabot is so afraid of special-interest groups like the NRA — and losing the NRA’s campaign contributions — that he voted against bipartisan legislation to stop domestic violence.
“Now this bill heads to the Senate, where we’ll find out if Rob Portman has the spine to stand up to the NRA. The voters of Ohio are watching.”
The final roll call vote on H.R. 1585, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act, was 263-158, with 33 Republicans voting with the Democratic majority.
In 2013 when Congress last reauthorized the Violence Against Women Act, 138 House Republicans — including Chabot, Wenstrup, Johnson, Jordan and Latta — voted against the bill.