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GOP takes turn crafting women anti-abuse bill
GOP takes turn writing anti-abuse bill for women, agrees to strike 60-day limit on reports
By The Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) ' House Republicans have advanced their version of the Violence Against Women Act, and it's different than the version passed by the Democratic-controlled Senate.

The 17-15 party line vote Tuesday in the House Judiciary Committee sent the bill to the full House, where majority Republicans want tougher terms to prevent the 1994 law from being used fraudulently. Democrats say a provision in the House bill would roll back confidentiality safeguards for immigrants claiming abuse and thus endanger their lives.

The 1994 law provides federal funding to protect women from abuse and has been reauthorized without objection twice since then.

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