McCaskill urges passing of Violence Against Women Act

Friday, February 22, 2013 | 3:22 p.m. CST

ST. LOUIS — U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill is urging members of the U.S. House to pass the Violence Against Women Act.

The Missouri Democrat was in St. Louis Friday and spoke alongside Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce. McCaskill said the act will provide resources to help law enforcement save lives of women.

McCaskill said the Senate has twice voted to reauthorize the act and President Barack Obama is waiting to sign it.

The House and Senate have been trying for the past year to renew and expand the 1994 act, credited with reducing domestic violence in the country, but Native American tribal authority over domestic violence cases has been a major point of contention.

McCaskill says the House needs to end delays.

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