WASHINGTON D C (WTVB) - It turns out that Michigan Seventh District Republican Congressman Tim Walberg ended up voting last week against the bill passed by the House that re-authorized the Violence Against Women Act. We mistakenly reported that Walberg supported the measure and told you he said yes to the bill that gained House approval. This, after our newsroom received a misleading press release from the Congressman’s office.
In part, the statement from Walberg read, quote. “I am strongly committed to ensuring that all women have access to the resources they need to protect themselves and I was proud to have voted in support of the Violence Against Women Act that included conscious clause protections.” end quote.
What Walberg omitted was that he actually voted in support of a Republican backed bill that was defeated last Thursday before the final legislation, on which he cast a no vote, gained approval and landed on President Obama’s desk. The passed measure didn’t contain the conscious clause provisions. The day after the Act passed on Capitol Hill, AM 1590’s Ken Delaney asked Walberg about the bill, thinking that the Congressman had voted yes on the final version of the measure and Walberg made no effort to explain that in reality, he voted no on the Act that gained passage the previous day. The communications director for Walberg’s office refused to talk with us about the seeming contradictions with the news release instead suggesting we express our concerns by e-mail.