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White House raises veto threat against Republican VAWA bill

The White House on Tuesday threatened to veto H.R.4970, a bill to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act, because it lacks provisions that would protect Native American women.

In a statement of administration policy, the White House said the bill fails to recognize tribal authority over non-Indians who commit domestic violence offenses on reservations. S.1925, the version that was passed by the Senate, includes such provisions.

"Given that three out of five Native American women experience domestic violence in their lifetime, these omissions in H.R. 4970 are unacceptable," the White House said.

The Republican-controlled House will start debate on H.R.4970 today, according to the House majority leader's schedule.

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