War On Women?

Tammy_Duckworth,_official_portrait,_113th_Congress-small Allow us to introduce you to Representative Tammy Duckworth.

Duckworth represents Illinois’s 8th congressional district to the US House of Representatives.

There is more to her as well.

[Duckworth] is the first Asian American woman elected to Congress in Illinois, the first disabled woman to be elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, and the first member of Congress born in Thailand.

Duckworth previously served as Assistant Secretary for Public and Intergovernmental Affairs in the United States Department of Veterans Affairs from April 24, 2009 to June 30, 2011, and as the Director of the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs from November 21, 2006 to February 8, 2009.

An Iraq War veteran, Duckworth served as a U.S. Army helicopter pilot and suffered severe combat wounds, losing both of her legs and damaging her right arm. She was the

first female double amputee from the war. Having received a medical waiver, she continued to serve as a Lieutenant Colonel in the Illinois Army National Guard along with her husband, Major Bryan W. Bowlsbey, a signal officer and fellow Iraq War veteran. Duckworth retired from the Army in October 2014.

What the little section from Wikipedia doesn’t tell you is that Duckworth has been disenfranchised from her vote for party leadership.

At this point in time, Duckworth is pregnant and is at home as doctors have advised her not to fly.

Because she is not able to appear in person, party rules do not allow her to vote. She cannot vote by proxy or by an absentee ballot.

Damn “war on women.”

Damn “war on the military.”

Damn “voter suppression.”

Damn “disenfranchisement.”

Damn “health of women and family leave.”

This just shows how uncaring and out of touch the Republican party is. For them to deny Duckworth the right to vote in a caucus election is wrong.

Except for one thing:


We’ll say it again:


The Democratic Caucus demands that all votes be cast in person. There is no room for a waiver of the rule. There is no compassion for a woman in her situation. There is no room for a pregnant, double amputee minority Representative who is medically restricted from traveling to cast her vote in the party elections for the Democratic Caucus.

Duckworth made a request to be allowed to vote by proxy. The request was eventually denied. Who was leading the charge to deny the proxy vote is enlightening:

Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi was believed to have opposed the request, purportedly in part over a contentious race for the top Democratic position on the powerful Energy and Commerce Committee. Pelosi has a large stake in that behind-the-scenes party battle and did not speak out in Duckworth’s favor at the meeting.

Pelosi has repeatedly urged her colleagues to support Rep. Anna Eshoo of California, while Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer, the No. 2 ranked Democrat, is putting his weight behind Rep. Frank Pallone of New Jersey. Duckworth also supports Pallone, raising questions about whether Pelosi is in effect blocking a vote against her fellow Californian.

The next time you hear Democrats screaming about the war on women, hatred of minorities, treatment of veterans and voter disenfranchisement, remember Representative Duckworth.

When the rubber met the road, Democrats showed their true colors.

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