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Violence Against Women Act passes Senate

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WASHINGTON—Despite a bit of opposition, the Senate reauthorized the Violence Against Women Act on Tuesday.

Democrats joined with a handful of Republicans to vote to renew the landmark law, which lapsed at the end of 2012.

Officials say the last Congress couldn’t reach an agreement on a new extension.

Some Republicans objected to certain elements in the bill, including the jurisdiction for Native American tribal authorities when it comes to specific crimes.

Many lawmakers say the bill is necessary to help victims of domestic violence and sexual assault who are trying to escape a dangerous relationship.

The bill passed the Senate and will now head to the House of Representatives.