Friday, March 1, 2013

Idaho Congressional Delegation Splits Violence Against Women Act Vote

Posted By on Fri, Mar 1, 2013 at 8:59 AM

Idaho's Republican representatives in the U.S. House split their votes Thursday as the House passed an expanded version of the Violence Against Women Act.

Rep. Mike Simpson voted "aye," joining 86 other Republicans and 199 Democrats to pass the measure, while Rep. Raul Labrador voted "no," along with 137 other Republicans in a losing effort.

On the U.S. Senate side, Sen. Mike Crapo—one of the measure's lead GOP sponsors—voted "aye" while Sen. Jim Risch voted "no."

The bill will now head to President Barack Obama's desk for his signature.

The legislation reauthorizes a landmark 1994 law, which assists victims of domestic and sexual violence. The bill also creates and expands federal programs to assist local communities with law enforcement and aiding victims of domestic and sexual abuse. Most notably, the bill goes further by offering protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender victims of domestic abuse, as well as allowing American Indian women who are assaulted on reservations by non-Indians to take their case to tribal courts, which otherwise would not have jurisdiction over assailants who do not live on tribal land.

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