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Ryan, Duffy joins Wisconsin Dems in approving Violence Against Women Act


WASHINGTON D.C. (WTAQ) - Wisconsin Republicans Paul Ryan and Sean Duffy joined all Democrats in voting yes, as the House approved an extension of the Violence Against Women Act.

The package of federal protections and services for domestic violence victims was passed 286-138, and was sent to President Obama.

The 19-year-old law used to get routine renewals every year – but the extensions have become fiercely partisan in recent years.

When the measure passed the Senate, Wisconsin Republican Ron Johnson was among those saying that it violated the Constitution by letting tribal courts prosecute non-Indians accused of abusing women on reservations.

But Milwaukee House Democrat Gwen Moore said it closes an important loophole – and she said, “You can’t beat a woman and rape her with impunity now.”

Before the final vote, Republicans proposed an alternative package which addressed the Indian concern and others.

Wisconsin Republicans Jim Sensenbrenner and Tom Petri rejected the alternative, as well as the final extension. The state’s fifth Republican, Reid Ribble, supported the GOP alternative but not the final measure.