It took serious wrangling, but the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Republican version of the Violence Against Women Act Wednesday. However, the legislation is much different from the version the Senate passed last month, CBS News reports.
The act, first passed in 1994 and since reauthorized twice, is meant to protect against domestic violence, according to the network, but the Senate’s bill added protections for “Native Americans, undocumented immigrants, and gay, lesbian and transgender victims.” The House’s bill took out those groups, CBS adds.
“Let’s call this bill what it really is,” Representative Judy Chu (D-Calif.) said during a press conference, according to the network. “It’s not the Violence Against Women Act but the Open Season for Violence Against Women Act.”
So now what? The House and Senate will need to reach a compromise, according to CBS.
“I’m confident that we’ll renew the Violence Against Women Act,” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said, the network reports. “As you may recall, it passed the Senate a few years ago on a voice vote. This is not something about which there should be any real controversy.”
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