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violence against women act expires

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The Violence Against Women Act first became law in 1994 and has since been routinely reauthorized without controversy. [b]By providing resources for law enforcement to combat spousal abuse, it has protected countless women from domestic violence.[/b]

But the 2012 re-authorization, like many initiatives of the just-concluded Congress, fell prey to House Republican resistance — in this case, to expanding the Act to cover more women. [b]In the end, House GOP leaders refused bring to a vote a bill that passed the Senate with a bipartisan supermajority.[/b]
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The battle began last spring in the Senate. [b]Democrats introduced a re-authorization — written with input from law enforcement and anti-domestic-violence advocates — with expanded provisions to protect victims even if they’re gay, illegal immigrants or Native Americans living in tribal jurisdictions. Republicans balked, demanding those additions be stripped out and introducing a competing version that omitted them.[/b]

But Senate Democrats peeled off enough Republicans for the new provisions. In April, they passed the expanded version by a whopping 68-31 vote, winning over 8 Republicans.

The legislation then moved to the House, where Republican leaders faced pressure to act, but had no intention of supporting the added provisions. So they introduced a scaled-back version that omitted them and made it harder for illegal-immigrant victims of domestic violence to obtain legal status under a special category called the U Visa.
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rejoice fellow mens rights activists! we did it!

http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2013/01/why-the-violence-against-women-act-died.php

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Wait so the law only "protected" certain women?

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