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Reader's View: Congrats to Stauber, not to rest of his party

I would like to congratulate Stauber for breaking ranks with his party and voting to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act (HR 1620).

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My past few letters to the editor have been very clearly anti-Republican generally and anti-Rep. Pete Stauber particularly.

So this time I would like to congratulate Stauber for breaking ranks with his party and voting to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act (HR 1620). Stauber was one of only 29 Republicans who saw the necessity to keep this act intact. Another 172 members of his party apparently did not feel women were important enough to be protected from the crisis of assaults against women in our country. They seem to have few qualms, meanwhile, about protecting the owners of guns used in brutal assaults and murders of women (and men and children).

Ironically, the vote took place on the day after the mass shooting in Atlanta took the lives of eight people, seven of whom were women.

On The Bulwark internet news site, Hannah Yoest wrote on March 23: “Obvious evil can be an opportunity for moral clarity. It can also be an occasion for revealing moral turpitude — as the House GOP demonstrated last week. On Wednesday, 172 House Republicans voted against the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). The House vote, which took place one day after the murder of eight people in Georgia, six of whom were women of Asian descent, was an exhibition of the moral collapse of the Republican party.”

I hope Rep. Stauber can make this the beginning of a clear-eyed view of many of his Republican colleagues and be aware that many do not have the best interest of all Americans.

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Steve Cushing

Duluth


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