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Senate Reauthorizes Violence Against Women Act

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 reauthorize the two-decade-old act that has shielded millions of women from abuse and helped reduce national rates of domestic violence turns the focus to the House, where Republican leaders are working to come up with their own version.

"Over 160 million women across the country are watching and waiting to see if the House will act on this bill and finally provide them the protections from violence they deserve," said Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash.

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    Finally provide...? Have the last two decades of this act not worked?

    I also noticed it said "gays and lesbians." Lesbians would surely be protected by an act protecting women (if laws can protect people, that is) but gays are men. How are they protected by this?

  • amagi1776||

    So obviously there are 22 Senators who are for Violence Against Women!

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