Congress passes bill renewing anti-violence law
by Jim Abrams, Associated Press
February 28, 2013 12:23 PM | 736 views | 3 3 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
In this Jan. 23, 2013, file photo, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif., holds a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, to discuss the reintroduction of the Violence Against Women Act. Calling a truce in the partisan battles, Congress appears ready to send to President Barack Obama a bill that renews and expands the nation’s primary law on protecting women from domestic violence. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)
In this Jan. 23, 2013, file photo, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif., holds a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, to discuss the reintroduction of the Violence Against Women Act. Calling a truce in the partisan battles, Congress appears ready to send to President Barack Obama a bill that renews and expands the nation’s primary law on protecting women from domestic violence. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The House has passed and sent to President Barack Obama a far-reaching extension of the Violence Against Women Act.

The vote comes after House Republican leaders, cognizant of the need to improve their faltering image among women voters, accepted a Senate bill passed two weeks ago on a strong bipartisan vote.

The House vote to reauthorize the 1994 law that has set the standard for anti-violence programs came after lawmakers rejected a more limited approach from Republicans.

The law lapsed in 2011 and has been caught up in the partisan battles that now divide Congress. Last year, the House refused to go along with a Senate-passed bill that would have made clear that lesbians, gays, immigrants and Native American women should have equal access to anti-violence programs.



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Bajeha
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March 01, 2013
Per GovTrack.com, every one of Georgia's GOP House Representatives voted against this bill. However, all five of its Democrat representatives voted for it.

I hope Georgia women voters will remember this in 2014.
Lib in Cobb
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March 01, 2013
It' a miracle. The GOP House finally decided that immigrants, LGBT and Native American women deserve protection from their abusers. Fabulous! Is this all part of the Republican re-branding?

Bajeha
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February 28, 2013
From the artgicle: "The vote comes after House Republican leaders, cognizant of the need to improve their faltering image among women voters, accepted a Senate bill passed two weeks ago on a strong bipartisan vote."

Apparently, Georgia's GOP House representatives -- all males -- think otherwise. Per GovTrack.com, not one of them voted for this bill, while the state's four Democratic congressmen all cast yea votes.

IMO Georgia women voters should remember this in 2014.
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