WASHINGTON (AP) - The House is taking up a Republican-written
bill to protect women from violence, but the Obama White House says
it doesn't go far enough and is threatening a veto.
The White House says the bill facing a Wednesday vote doesn't
provide enough protection for battered illegal immigrants, gays or
Native Americans, and an armada of interest groups opposes the
legislation. Republicans say the bill better protects taxpayers
from fraud and keeps the judicial process on Indian reservations
The 1994 Violence Against Women Act has been reauthorized twice
with little opposition. But with the presidency and congressional
majorities at stake this election year, women's issues are a hot
topic as both parties vie for female voters. Democrats have a wide
lead among women.
The Senate has passed its own version.