House Passes Inclusive Violence Against Women Act, Sends to Obama To Become Law

"The Violence Against Women Act is finally heading to the president’s desk this week after a dragged-out political fight over expanding protections to Native American, LGBT and immigrant victims of abuse.

The House voted 286 to 138 on Thursday to pass the bipartisan Senate version of VAWA. Here’s a look at the final vote tally. Among the more notable votes: House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) voted against it, while House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and House Republican Conference Chairwoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.), who sponsored the GOP alternative bill, voted for it. House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) didn’t vote.

The vote came just after the House rejected its own GOP bill, 166 to 257, which drew loud cheers in the chamber. Sixty Republicans voted against the GOP bill."


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