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Congress / CONGRESS

White House Threatens Veto of House's Weaker Violence Against Women Bill

May 15, 2012

The White House threatened to veto the House version of the Violence Against Women Act on Tuesday, saying it cuts too many protections.

The House GOP bill is stripped of expanded protections included in the Senate-passed version, which extends coverage to gay, bisexual, and transgender victims of domestic abuse.

"For instance, H.R. 4970 fails to provide for concurrent special domestic-violence criminal jurisdiction by tribal authorities over non-Indians, and omits clarification of tribal courts' full civil jurisdiction regarding certain protection orders over non-Indians," the White House said in a statement.

 

"The bill also fails to include language that would prohibit discrimination against LGBT victims in VAWA grant programs. No sexual-assault or domestic-violence victim should be beaten, hurt, or killed because they could not access needed support, assistance, and protection."

The House is scheduled to vote on its version on Wednesday.

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