April 26, 2012 12:00 AM

Senate votes to renew Violence Against Women Act

Congressional lawmakers from both political parties agree, and so does the White House: It’s important to renew the Violence Against Women Act, an 18-year-old law that pours resources into efforts to help victims of domestic violence. But there are sharp disagreements about exactly what the new law should include, arguments that illustrate how election-year politics has colored consideration of a law that usually gets enthusiastic bipartisan support.

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