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The Senate on Thursday passed the bill to renew the Violence Against Woman Act, the government’s main domestic abuse program.
It was the first time since 1994 that the bill faced opposition in the Senate, with the vote coming in at 68-31.
Majority Republicans are writing their own version of the bill, likely to face rejection from much of the Senate. Democrats are saying that Republicans are waging “war on women,” though Republicans see this narrative as a way to avoid the larger issues such as the economy and gas prices.
The Democrats wanted to extend the law by including protection for gays, lesbians, and transgender people, as well as raise the cap on visas for protection of immigrants and expand the authority of Native Americans to handle cases of Native American women abused by Non-Indians. All these sure to draw opposition from conservatives.
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