Subscribe Register Login

Saturday, July 26, 2014, 2:33 a.m.
Top Picks - Mobile App

Senate tries again to move anti-violence bill

By The Associated Press

This article was published February 4, 2013 at 10:38 a.m.

— The Senate took up the Violence Against Women Act on Monday, seeking to remedy Congress’ failure last year to extend and expand a law protecting women from domestic abuse while broadening its coverage to include Native Americans and gays.

Both the Democratic-led Senate and the GOP House attempted last year to upgrade the 1994 law which expired in 2011. But leaders of the two chambers were unable to span the partisan divide and reach a compromise. With Republican losses among women voters in the November election still a fresh memory, Senate advocates are hoping that it will be easier to find common ground with House Republicans.

The Senate bill, while making minor concessions to meet GOP concerns, is essentially the same as the measure that passed that chamber last April on a 68-31 vote.

It focuses on ensuring that college students, immigrants, Native Americans and gays have access to anti-abuse programs.

In contrast with the House version of the update of the legislation, the Senate bill has bipartisan backing and is expected to have little difficulty in garnering the necessary 60 votes to be moved to the floor. A final vote could come by the end of the week.

Comment on: Senate tries again to move anti-violence bill

To report abuse or misuse of this area please hit the "Suggest Removal" link in the comment to alert our online managers. Read our Terms of Use policy.

Subscribe Register Login

You must login to make comments.

Displaying 1 - 1 of 1 total comment

dimebag says... February 4, 2013 at 3:46 p.m.

isn't already against the law to commit and act of violence to another person? red, white, black, green, yellow, or blue???? we don't properly enforce the laws we have on the books now, what makes anyone think this will make it any better?

( | suggest removal )

  • page
  • 1
Click here to make a comment

To report abuse or misuse of this area please hit the "Suggest Removal" link in the comment to alert our online managers. Read our Terms of Use policy.

TOP JOBS

  • Fire mgmt. techs

    fire management technician(s)The Nature Conservancy is seeki...
    LITTLE ROCK, AR

  • Mechanic

    mechanic needed to perform repairs, maintenance, etc. Weldin...
    LITTLE ROCK, AR

  • Full-time field sales rep

    company expansion The Arkansas Democrat Gazette Circulation ...
    Little Rock, AR

  • Client service rep

    client service representativelowell, ARPosition available in...
    LOWELL, AR

  • Parts associate

    parts associate. Superior Trailersales is looking for an exp...
    NORTH LITTLE ROCK, AR

Search 847 jobs >

Top Picks - Mobile App
Arkansas Online