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Senate has the votes to pass Violence Against Women Act

Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., said Friday that the Senate has enough votes to pass the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, with the Senate to begin consideration of the law next week.

Leahy tweeted:

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In a statement, Leahy said: “I am pleased the Senate will next week turn its focus to reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act.  The Leahy-Crapo VAWA bill seeks to protect all victims of domestic and sexual violence, including tribal women, immigrants, college students, and members of the LGBT community.”

Along with 53 Senate Democrats, seven Republicans have also committed to supporting the bill's reauthorization, giving it the 60 votes it needs to break a potential Republican filibuster. Those Republicans include Mike Crapo, Idaho, who co-sponsored the bill with Leahy, along with Kelly Ayotte, N.H., Susan Collins, Maine, Dean Heller, Nev., Mark Kirk, Ill., Jerry Moran, Kan., and Lisa Murkowski, Alaska.

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