Federal legislation that provides resources to nonprofit organizations that supply services for domestic violence victims and survivors along is up for reauthorization in the U.S. Senate.
The Violence Against Women Act, which also provides funding to state and local law enforcement agencies that investigate these crimes, was first passed in 1994 and traditionally has enjoyed bipartisan support from Congress as it is typically renewed every five years, said U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio.
But Brown is concerned because the legislation expired last year, although it recently passed the Senate Judiciary Committee by a 10-8 vote.
The senator said during a conference call Wednesday with statewide media members that he doesn’t understand why members of the Senate haven’t been able to come up with 60 votes that would allow the legislation to come up for a vote before the full U.S. Senate.
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