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House passes Violence Against Women Act

House passes Violence Against Women Act
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Thursday, February 28, 2013 - 11:26pm

Democrats and Republicans showed overwhelming support for the Violence Against Women Act today, after more than a year of fighting about how to expand the services.

Congress first passed the Act in 1994 but it expired in 2011.

Now that it's been re-authorized, it provides protection to gays and lesbians, college students, American Indians, immigrants, and victims of human trafficking.

Despite their differences, lawmakers in Washington celebrated today's important step in protecting women in America.

"This is the proudest cause I've ever been associated with," said Vice President Joe Biden.

"Republicans want to reauthorize a bill that protects women, not promote partisanship," said Republican Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington.

The 5 year re-authorization now goes to President Obama to be signed.

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