I’ve written before about how important the Violence Against Women Act is and what it does.
It’s reauthorization in the past has never been in doubt, nor has it been a partisan issue.
That is not so this year.
The bill is expected to barely pass in the Senate, but have a tough time in the House.
Some of the sticking points:
- extending more visas to illegal immigrants who are abuse victims
- prohibiting shelters from discriminating against gay, lesbian and transgendered victims
- more protections for Native American women
The vote is expected next week.
I will keep you posted.
*****5/16/12 UPDATE: VAWA passed in the House with vote of 222-205. Now it must be reconciled with the Senate version. There are significant differences as detailed in this report on CBSNEWS.com.