Local Senator Weighs In On Violence Against Women Act
Twin Falls, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) The violence against women act was signed into law by President Obama last week. The legislation had bipartisan support from both parties.
"First of all I listened to all of the speeches from these heroes and I'm one of the few people who was on the floor of the United States Senate who has actually done something about this. I was a prosecutor; I put people in jail for this crime. It is a terrible crime. It is a despicable crime," said United States Senator Jim Risch.
But when it came time to vote, Risch voted against the national violence against women act.
"This victory shows that when the American people make their voices heard, Washington listens. So I want to join Joe in thanking all of the members of Congress from both parties who came together to get this bill across the finish line," said United States President Barack Obama.
Risch was one of only eight senators to vote against the legislation. Many Idaho voters wanted to know why.
"The federal government has no business in this area at all. I am driven by the constitution. The oath of office that I took. The tenth to the United States Constitution says that all powers not specifically granted in the Constitution are granted by the states," said United States Senator Jim Risch.
Risch told us he supported the idea of the legislation but did not believe it was a national issue.
"This is a job for the states and indeed virtually every state has laws that prohibit violence against women. And they should and I support them and they can't be too tough on them. But this is not a job for the federal government. It is in direct violation of the tenth amendment of the United States constitution,” said United States Senator Jim Risch.