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Congress passes bill renewing anti-violence law

By The Associated Press

This article was published February 28, 2013 at 11:14 a.m.

— The House has passed and sent to President Barack Obama a far-reaching extension of the Violence Against Women Act.

The vote comes after House Republican leaders accepted a Senate bill that was passed two weeks ago on a strong bipartisan vote.

The House vote to reauthorize the 1994 law that has set the standard for anti-violence programs came after lawmakers rejected a more limited approach from Republicans.

The law expired in 2011, and has been stuck in political limbo as the House, up to now, has resisted Senate efforts to enlarge the scope of the legislation to extend its protections to homosexuals, immigrants and Native American women.

With House approval of the Senate bill, Obama will sign the reauthorization of the law that laid the foundation for federal efforts to better protect women, and some men, from domestic abuse and better prosecute the abusers.

Read tomorrow's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full details.

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Reason says... February 28, 2013 at 7:20 p.m.

About time!

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DontDrinkDatKoolAid says... February 28, 2013 at 7:49 p.m.

Dumb.

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JakeTidmore says... February 28, 2013 at 8:11 p.m.

Too bad, Tom Cotton voted no and showed how anti-woman he is. He has some splainin' to do to the women in his life and to the women he supposedly represents in his district. His vote is telling them, "I don't give a crap about the safety of women. I'm Tom Cotton and I approve this message."

MJ, you go bonkers about defending a fetus inside the woman's body, but then basically condone violence against her. That makes absolutely no sense. Sounds as if you are mainlining your own koolaid.

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DontDrinkDatKoolAid says... February 28, 2013 at 8:32 p.m.

Jake … you know not the law. Let me Splain it to you, the Federal Government can not by law, Federalize state law.
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I have always advocated that any woman Shall have a right to an abortion, tho I have said that I disagree with the act, and that I have said, it is her body, and nobody else.

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HalALouyah says... February 28, 2013 at 8:39 p.m.

So apparently we are to believe this bill really does anything? It leads to some defense lawyer plea bargaining down so their client goes free too quickly to come back and kill someone. After that some liberal judge will feel compassion for the murderer and give a lenient sentence to them believing they can repent and they will then kill again. FakeTidmore-there are tons of liberals that care a whole lot less about women than Tom Cotton. They make their living getting them out of jail and back on the streets to kill again. That doesn't even include the pansy liberal judges out there

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JakeTidmore says... March 1, 2013 at 11:21 a.m.

No facts or research to your oh-pinion, RedWing. In fact, it hardly seems as if you know what the purpose of the law is as stated and has been used throughout its history. Your koolaid batch has fermented and gone sour, for sure.

MJ -- If the Feds can't do this, then why have they been passing this same law for over 20 plus years?? Care to explain how you know more about the law than a Congress full of lawyers?

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DontDrinkDatKoolAid says... March 2, 2013 at 4:33 p.m.

Sue I can explain, Just look at Obama Care, it being law does not mean that it is within the Constitution, and please don't say that the SUPREME COURT WAS RIGHT. Congress has a history of un Constitutional laws, what's one more.
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BTW I'm a member of an on line legal review weekly.

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FreeSpiritMan says... March 2, 2013 at 4:58 p.m.

koolaid..... what legal review would that be, I just want to be sure I never get legal info from that review. If I wrote a brief and the only comment someone made about is was DUMB, then I take that to mean that they were not mentally up to the task of offering an intellegent opinion.

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