Biden: House GOP a 'Neanderthal crowd' on women's violence issue

Posted Sep 14, 2013 by Michael Krebs
Slamming Republican congressional legislators in the House on their deliberations over the Violence Against Women Act, Vice President Joe Biden labeled them the "Neanderthal crowd."
US Vice President Joe Biden
US Vice President Joe Biden
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Vice President Joe Biden, likely a 2016 presidential contender, suggested that House GOP lawmakers were a "Neanderthal crowd" for taking months to mull over and eventually renew the Violence Against Women Act, the New York Daily News reported on Friday.
Some House republicans had taken issue with the addition of provisions in the legislation's renewal that covered special access to visas for immigrants seeking to escape domestic violence.
"Did you ever think we'd be fighting over, you know, 17, 18 years later to reauthorize this," Biden asked, according to a Washington Post report.
Additionally, Biden said that he believes he knows the Senate better than anyone serving there.
"I'm going to say something outrageous," Biden said. "I think I understand the Senate better than any man or women who's ever served in there, and I think I understand the House."
Biden has been known to veer off script on many occasions, and his comments have brought some embarrassment to the Obama White House in the past. One of his more uncomfortable examples of off-the-cuff riffing was when he suggested to a crowd of mostly African American supporters that he would "unchain Wall Street," as otherwise "they gonna put y'all back in chains," as the Washington Post chronicled.