House Passes Dem Version Of Violence Against Women Act

The legislation now heads to President Obama's desk since it has already cleared the Senate.

In a pair of moves this morning, the House rejected a Republican version of the Violence Against Women Act, and then passed a Democratic model of the bill.

The legislation, which was approved 286-138, now heads to President Obama’s desk since it has already cleared the Senate.

The vote to reject the GOP alternative was 166-257, with 60 Republicans joining every House Democrat in voting ‘no.’

Democrats considered the Republican bill to be too limited in scope. Republicans, meanwhile, were opposed to the Senate version because of new provisions which extended protections to Native American tribes, illegal immigrants and LGBT Americans. Some in the GOP called the bill unconstitutional.

In the end, 87 Republicans voted for the Democratic bill, including GOP leaders Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.) and Paul Ryan (R-Wis.). House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.), voted against it.

The bill reauthorizes funding for VAWA programs at roughly $660 million per year for the next five years.

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  • Tracy Davis

    It’s about time our country acted on the abuse of women that has been going on throughout every economic and sociographic shere in this country and all over the wolrd. If we would spend less money on other countries and more taking care of our own as this bill is attempting to do, we would have a much healthier happy country.

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