1. Hallelujah

    House Passes Violence Against Women Act

    Congressmen walk down the steps of the House of Representatives at the Capitol as rank and file members adjourned for several days, in Washington,Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., have advised members to be ready to work on the fiscal cliff negotiations during the Christmas holiday period.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    J. Scott Applewhite

    In what House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Maryland) called “probably the first positive act we’ve taken this Congress,” House Democrats joined with 87 Republicans to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act on Thursday. The bill will grant more than $650 million over five years to states and local governments to provide transitional housing, legal advice, and other services to victims. VAWA will also include protections for immigrants and LGBT people, and grants Native American tribal courts the authority to prosecute non-American Indians. 

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