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House GOP anti-violence bill gets vote, draws veto threat over alien, LBGT, Indian provisions
WASHINGTON (AP) ' The House is taking up a Republican-written bill to protect women from violence, but the Obama White House says it doesn't go far enough and is threatening a veto.
The White House says the bill facing a Wednesday vote doesn't provide enough protection for battered illegal immigrants, gays or Native Americans, and an armada of interest groups opposes the legislation. Republicans say the bill better protects taxpayers from fraud and keeps the judicial process on Indian reservations constitutional.
The 1994 Violence Against Women Act has been reauthorized twice with little opposition. But with the presidency and congressional majorities at stake this election year, women's issues are a hot topic as both parties vie for female voters. Democrats have a wide lead among women.
The Senate has passed its own version.