Plain Talk: Rep. Armstrong Says Democrats Amended Violence Against Women Act So It Wouldn’t Pass


N.D. state Senator Kelly Armstrong, the Republican candidate running for Rep. Kevin Cramer's vacated seat in Congress, speaks with the Grand Forks Herald editorial board on Wednesday, May 16, 2018. Nick Nelson / Grand Forks Herald

On this episode of Plain Talk, Congressman Kelly Armstrong took questions from listeners, including one on renewing the Violence Against Women Act.

He said if that legislation was offered up for renewal in the same form it’s existed in previous years it would have passed with more Republican support. Democrats, according to Armstrong, added amendments to it which they knew Republicans couldn’t support which explains why so many Republicans voted against it.

Armstrong says many of those amendments violated things like due process rights, something he as a former criminal defense attorney cannot abide.

Also, state lawmakers are poised to pass a constitutional amendment to make amending the state constitution by ballot measure harder. If we’re going to allow that sort of thing at all, it should be hard.

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