A Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act (H.R. 4970)

The Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act reauthorizes the 1994 law but omits key provisions adopted in the Senate version prohibiting discrimination against, and expanding services to, victims of domestic violence based on sexual orientation or gender identity, as well as eliminating protections relating to Native American and immigrant victims.

The House passed the bill on May 16, 2012, by a vote of 222-205 (Roll Call Vote No. 258, 2nd Session, 112th Congress). Democrats — 6 yes, 182 no, 2 not voting; Republicans — 216 yes, 23 no, 2 not voting.

HRC opposed the bill.