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October-03-05

VAWA Expired Due to Lack of Senate Vote

Despite the passage of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) as part of the Department of Justice Reauthorization in the House of Representatives, the Senate failed to vote on the measure (S 1197) on Friday. Thus, VAWA expired on October 1.

The National Organization for Women reports that the Senate did not hold a voice vote because of Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) insistence on changes to a portion of the bill dealing with immigration. Unwilling to make changes, the Senate adjourned without a taking a vote.

The Senate could still vote on the measure at any time, and in conference committee, could remove damaging amendments from the House version.

Media Resources: Feminist Daily News 9/30/05; National Organization for Women 10/3/05