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Senate Reauthorizes Violence Against Women Act, Includes Protections For LGBT Couples, Immigrants

The anti-domestic violence bill, with provisions specifically protecting LGBT couples, American Indians, and immigrants, passed the Senate today by a vote of 68-31.

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Sens. Jeanne Shaheen, Dianne Feinstein, and Patty Murray speak on behalf of the Violence Against Women Act.

The Senate bill would reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act, which includes funding for victims’ services and the testing of rape kits, for five years. But the reauthorization still needs to clear the House, where a competing version could strip out the expanded protections for LGBT couples and other groups.

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