WASHINGTON - The Senate has voted in bipartisanship to renew the two-decade-old Violence Against Women Act with new provisions to guarantee that gays, lesbians, immigrants, and Native American women have equal access to the act's anti-domestic violence programs.
The act aids millions of domestic violence victims and reduces domestic abuse in the U.S. It expired in 2011 and Congress struggled to replace it.
Both the Senate and House passed bills last year, but House Republicans refused the expansions in the act pushed by Senate Democrats, and no compromise was reached.
House GOP leaders are still hurting from their lack of votes among women in the election. They say they will move quickly to come up with their own legislation.
Tuesday, June 18 2013 7:25 PM EDT2013-06-18 23:25:07 GMT
UPDATE: A male driver has serious injuries, the other driver, who's a female, has life threatening injuries.>>
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