Tuesday, February 12, 2013

TODAY: "Violence Against Women Act gets past both Senate and House of Representatives

Violence Against Women Act Passes

by God's Politics Editor
2 - 13 - 2013 at 3:42 pm

The  Associated Press reports,

        "By a robust bipartisan majority, the Senate voted Tuesday to renew the Violence Against Women Act with new assurances that gays and lesbians, immigrants and Native American women will have equal access to the act's anti-domestic violence programs.

         "The 78 - 22 Senate vote to reauathorize the two-decade-old act that has shielded millions of women from abuse and helped reduce national roles of domestic violence turns the focus to the House, where Republican leaders are working to come up with their own version." 

Differences between the House and Senate were not able to reach a compromise agreement last year, passiong two different versions of the Act., The masin point of disagreement is over which courts hve jurisdiction over cases involving non-native American men accused of violence against Native American women on reservations.

Linda's Hearth note:  A big relief! Now we need to work toward even greter equality and opportunity. This blog, God's Politics, is from Sojourners - Faith in Action for Social Justice


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