House Passes Bill Protecting Domestic Abuse Victims; GOP Split Over Gun Restrictions

House Passes Bill Protecting Domestic Abuse Victims; GOP Split Over Gun Restrictions

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The Democratic additions to the Violence Against Women Act exposed fault lines within the GOP as it wrestles with how to regain support among women. Updated at 12:49 p.m. ET The House of Representatives approved legislation renewing the Violence Against Women Act with new provisions that restrict gun ownership and expand transgender rights. The National Rifle Association opposed the bill — putting GOP lawmakers in a tough position of voting against a measure protecting victims of domestic and sexual violence or opposing the politically powerful gun lobby. The vote was 263 to 158, with 33 Republicans joining all but one Democrat to pass the measure. One GOP member voted present. The Democratic additions to the law exposed fault lines within the GOP as it wrestles with how to regain support among women. "I think we need to speak to everyone, including women, and talk about the issues they care about and take reasonable, pragmatic positions, and this is one of them," Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick, R-Pa., told NPR. He is the lone GOP co-sponsor of a bill to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act. He represents a swing district and was re-elected in the 2018 Democratic wave fueled by women. However, House Republicans broadly object to at least four new policies added to the bill to reauthorize VAWA — which expired in February when Democrats objected to GOP efforts to include a short-term extension of the law in a spending deal. But the most controversial are new provisions to lower […]

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