CBS News - The Senate today approved a new law aimed at protecting victims of domestic violence, approving the most recent iteration of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) in a vote of 78-22.
The law was originally passed in 1994 as part of a larger crime bill, and has been reauthorized twice since then. But 2011 efforts to again extend the law failed, amid Republican concerns about expanded protections for undocumented immigrants and same-sex couples, and no similar legislation has made it through Congress since.
The newest version of the bill, which passed through the Senate today with bipartisan support, was crafted with an eye toward minimizing some of the GOP dissent that has derailed its prospects in the path: While the bill upholds protections for LGBT and undocumented victims, it stripped an expansion of the U visa program, which would give legal protection to illegal immigrants who are victims of domestic violence and sexual crimes.
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