When reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act passed the Senate Tuesday on a 78-22 vote, Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., voted for it (unlike last year) while Sen. Pat Roberts (in photo), R-Kan., was among the 22 Republicans on the “no” side. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., also voted against it, citing “new provisions that could have potentially adverse consequences” related to funding of sexual-assault programs and prosecution of non-Indians by tribal governments. Joan Wagnon, chairwoman of the Kansas Democratic Party, criticized Roberts for putting “partisan politics before victims’ safety.” The House, where last year’s reauthorization effort stalled, is expected to take up VAWA in the coming weeks.
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