WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate is heading toward a strong vote on broadening the reach of the Violence Against Women Act, putting pressure on the GOP-led House to come up with its own version that would be acceptable both to Senate Democrats and to female voters who abandoned Republicans in the November election.
The Senate bill, likely to pass Tuesday by a wide margin, would renew the 1994 act, which expired in 2011, and ensure that services provided under the act are available to gays and lesbians, immigrants and Native American women.
It tackles the high rate of domestic violence on tribal lands by giving tribal courts powers to prosecute non-Indians who assault Indian women on reservations.
The House and Senate both passed bills last year but failed to reach a compromise.
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