What looked like another obstructionist tangle between the ever-competing House and Senate over their different versions of the Violence Against Women Act is now looking more like an unnecessary House debate and another win for Harry Reid over Boehner and Cantor and Co. The Senate's version of the bill will pass, but not without some pageantry in the House.
House Republicans have realized they don't have enough support in their own ranks to pass their version of VAWA, Talking Points Memo's Sahil Kapur reports. But they can't let the Senate win that easily. When House Republicans send their bill to end on the floor Wednesday, it will come with the exception that when it does end, the Senate's bill immediately goes to an up-and-down vote. So, the House bill will have it a proper ceremony — and two days of useless debate — before the Senate's VAWA bill heads to the floor for a vote on Thursday:
After the House finishes debating the GOP-version of the bill on Wednesday and Thursday, it will get a vote, but will fail to muster enough votes for passage due to conservative and Democratic opposition. So the Senate-passed bill will get a vote instead, and Democrats as well as a faction of more moderate Republicans will carry it to victory. Then it will go straight to President Obama’s desk for his signature.
The Senate passed their version of the bill with an overwhelming amount of support on February 12. But it seemed like Eric Cantor was poised to hold it up, draft his own bill and generally not accomplish anything, per the House's terrible reputation. House Republicans had concerns with some of the provisions included in the Senate's bill, like granted rights to LBGT couples and clarified tribal land jurisdictions.
This is looking like another example of Speaker of the House John Boehner trying to appease the Tea Party caucus and, well, looking pretty bad while doing it. (See also: ceiling, the debt; relief bill, Sandy.) Quoth Politico:
It’s another example of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s chamber leading the way to crafting legislation that get signed by President Barack Obama.