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Violence Against Women Act: How Did Our Congressmen Vote?

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Before departing Washington, the House passed a Senate expansion of the Violence Against Women Act-- but Kingston voted against it.

The Violence Against Women Act - first passed in 1994.

The Senate reauthorization bill expands protections to gays and lesbians, improves access to help and information on college campuses, increases power for Native American courts to try abuse cases on tribal lands and guarantees support to immigrants and human trafficking victims.

It turns out, many republicans decided to support the Senate bill only after their party did poorly among women in last fall's election.

Here in Georgia, Congressman John Barrow voted for the bill,

So why did Congressman Kingston vote no? Here's what he told News 3.

"The Senate version spent more money. The House version-- which I did support-- we felt was more balanced and far more in keeping with the present budget realities. Really when you think about new spending, do you really want to go out and borrow 40 percent of it from China and other nations? So you know in terms of a budget, does it make sense to increase that spending?"

The bill now goes to President Obama's desk. He has already said he looks forward to signing it.

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