House Republicans Clear Path for Renewal of Violence Against Women Act
Source: NY Times
WASHINGTON — Bowing to pressure from within their own party, House Republican leaders Tuesday night appeared to clear a path for House passage of the Senate’s broadly bipartisan reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act.
The House Rules Committee, an arm of leadership, approved a bifurcated process to consider the legislation, which would broaden the landmark 1994 law. The House will vote on a Republican version on Thursday that contains provisions that weaken a Senate version that empowers Native American courts to prosecute non-Indians accused of violence on tribal land. The House version also does not explicitly extend programs to prevent domestic violence and treat its victims to members of same-sex relationships.
If that version fails to win passage, the House will take up the Senate-passed version — at this point the likely outcome. That would ensure a swift White House signing ceremony.