The U.S. Senate is expected to vote next week on reauthorization of the 1994 Violence Against Women Act, which failed to pass the GOP-dominated House in December, reports Women’s eNews. The bill has 56 Senate co-sponsors and co-author Sen. Mike Crapo, (R-Id.), is sounding bullish about getting it through the U.S. House in a slightly amended form. The measure is being modified to avoid the “blue slip” technicality that House opponents used to halt it last year, meaning that a bill that generates revenue must originate in the House.
The revenue-generating provision last year was an amendment that provided for the issuance of more visas to immigrant women to protect them from the threat of domestic abuse, sexual assault, sex trafficking in their homelands. House members argued that since the so-called U-visas would raise revenue, the entire bill was out of order. The reintroduced bill drops the U-visa but retains two other amendments that stirred partisan opposition on more services for LGBTQ victims and Native American women.