Congress reauthorizes VAWA, includes LGBT protections

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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, surrounded by other democrats, leads a January conference about the Violence Against Women Act (Photo: Jacquelyn Martin/AP)

BY ANNIE-ROSE STRASSER, ADAM PECK and JOSH ISRAEL
ThinkProgress

After nearly a year of partisan infighting on Capitol Hill, the House of Representatives and the Senate have finally agreed to send a reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act to President Obama’s desk. On Thursday, by a vote of 286 to 138, the House passed the bipartisan Senate-approved version of the bill — one that includes added protections for LGBT, Native American and undocumented victims of domestic violence. All 138 votes against the bill were Republicans.

 A watered down Republican version of the bill, which was offered as a substitute amendment, failed to garner enough votes to slow the process.
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