Thursday, February 28, 2013

House Passes Violence Against Women Act

Today the US House of Representatives finally passed the Violence Against Women Act. President Obama released a statement saying, "Renewing this bill is an important step towards making sure no one in America is forced to live in fear, and I look forward to signing it into law as soon as it hits my desk."

The House first rejected a watered-down GOP version of the bill by a vote of 166 to 257, with 60 Republicans voting against their own party's proposal. The House then passed the Senate's bipartisan version, with 87 Republicans joining all 199 Democrats in support. The final vote was 286 to 138. All of the opposing votes were cast by House Republicans.

Today's action by the House means that once President Obama signs the bill, the Violence Against Women Act, originally passed in 1994, will be reauthorized for another five years.