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Impasse continues on renewal of Violence Against Women Act

Democrats and Republicans remain at an impasse over a bill to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act.

The Democratic-led Senate passed S.1925 in April. It includes tribal jurisdiction provisions that are not included in H.R.4970, which passed the House in May.

Senate Democrats are trying to push their version forward as House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) named eight members of his party to serve on a conference committee. Normally, such committees are used to resolve differences between bills but the Senate hasn't even agreed to call one.

"The House is ready and willing to begin those discussions, and I would urge Senate Democrats to come to the table so this critical legislation can be sent to the president for his signature as soon as possible," Boehner said in a press release.

The Senate's version allows tribes to exercise criminal jurisdiction over non-Indians who commit domestic violence offenses on reservations.

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