WASHINGTON, Feb. 23 (UPI) -- U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., Tuesday declined to apologize for saying men who are looking for work "tend to become abusive."
Reid made the observation Monday on the Senate floor during debate on a jobs bill.
"I met with some people while I was home dealing with domestic abuse. It has gotten out of hand. Why? Men don't have jobs," Reid said.
"Women don't have jobs, either, but women aren't abusive, most of the time. Men, when they're out of work, tend to become abusive," he said.
Under pressure from men's groups and some conservatives to apologize for his remarks Tuesday, Reid declined, The Washington Post reported.
"There is no question that people being out of work causes more people to be involved in domestic violence," he said. "I mean, I didn't make that up. I was told that by two people who run domestic crisis shelters."
A 2004 National Institute of Justice study found that unemployed men are more likely to engage in arguments that lead to violence than men who are employed, the Post said.