US Senate votes to renew Violence Against Women Act

By REUTERS
February 13, 2013 06:42

 
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WASHINGTON) - With strong bipartisan support, the Democratic-led US Senate on Tuesday passed a White House-backed bill to expand and renew a landmark 1994 law to combat domestic violence.

On a 78-22 vote - with 23 Republicans joining 53 Democrats and two independents - the Senate sent the measure to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act to the Republican-led House of Representative for consideration.

The measure would renew anti-domestic abuse programs and provide additional provisions for certain populations, such as Native Americans.

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