The Senate passes VAWA, a domestic-violence bill that was caught in gridlock last year. But signs suggest that the House could be ready to compromise with the Senate this year.
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The Senate passed the Violence Against Women Act by a broad bipartisan margin on Tuesday, pushing the long-languishing act into the hands of House Republicans who stalled the law’s enactment during the last session of Congress.
All 55 Democrats joined more than half the Republican caucus (23 in favor, 22 opposed) to pass a bill that reauthorizes some $660 million in funding for violence prevention programs during the next five years.
Everyone in Congress agrees VAWA, as it’s known, is necessary – what’s unknown, like so much else on Capitol Hill, is whether there remains the political will to iron out differences between the House and Senate. But there are several signs that point toward the bill’s enactment this time around.
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