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Domestic violence bill passes Senate: Is GOP chastened by Election 2012?


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The prospects for VAWA in the House this year are also improved by the involvement of House majority leader Eric Cantor (R) of Virginia.  Mr. Cantor has said in recent days that he is having “daily meetings” on the issue with the office of Vice President Joe Biden and House minority whip Steny Hoyer (D) of Maryland and hopes to take up VAWA in an “expeditious manner.”

“We need to get [domestic violence victims] the relief that this bill offers,” Cantor said on the House floor last week. “We want to protect the women who have been subject to abuse on tribal lands.”

Adding to the bill’s momentum, 17 House Republicans sent a letter on Monday to their House leadership urging prompt consideration of the bill. While Republican House leadership has vowed to not bring bills to the floor that won’t be supported by more than half its own caucus, unanimous support from Democrats alongside those 17 Republicans would be nearly enough to pass the bill should it come to the floor.

Sen. Patrick Leahy (D) of Vermont, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, who fought to pass the bill early in the year, said he would be eager to work out differences with the House.

“We’ll negotiate," he said after the vote.


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