Roberts among eight ‘no’ votes on reviving VAWA

Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., was among the Republicans on the losing side of the Senate’s 85-8 procedural vote Monday on the Violence Against Women Act, which is expected to win bipartisan reauthorization in the chamber Thursday. Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., did not vote Monday but has said he will support the revised bill; he and Roberts voted against VAWA’s reauthorization last spring, before it stalled in the House. As Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, said: “This is an equal-opportunity crime that harms people regardless of their political affiliation, their profession or their status in life. It’s an issue that deserves bipartisan support.”