Senate Passes Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization

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#1 Feb 12, 2013
Senate Passes Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization

Source: The Hill

By Ramsey Cox - 02/12/13 02:55 PM ET

The Senate voted 78-22 to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) on Tuesday.

The Senate action now sends the bill to the House. Both the House and Senate passed their own versions during the 112th Congress, but neither chamber took up the other's version.
Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) said he is hopeful that this year the House will take up the Senate-passed reauthorization of VAWA.

“This is a good bill,” Leahy said ahead of the vote Tuesday.“It makes needed changes recommended by victims and those who work with them everyday.”
More than 20 Republican senators joined with Democrats to pass the legislation.

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