The Violence Against Women Act, S. 47, would increase protections for victims of domestic violence to those in LGBT relationships, Native Americans and immigrants. VAWA provides federal funding to local communities in order to assist victims and encourage them to leave their dangerous situations.

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"It is an absolute disgrace that one in every four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime," Baucus said. "Our mothers, daughters and sisters deserve to know we will not tolerate violence against them."

Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidGOP poised to advance rules change to speed up Trump nominees Dems walk tightrope on Pompeo nomination The Memo: Teens rankle the right with gun activism MORE (D-Nev.) included VAWA in a list of bipartisan bills that passed in the Senate during the 112th Congress but that will have to be revisited because the House didn’t act on them. The bill has been placed on the Senate’s legislative calendar.

“Unfortunately, a number of bipartisan bills passed by the Senate during the last Congress were never acted upon by the House of Representatives. So this year the Senate will also revisit some of the legislative priorities of the 112th Congress,” Reid said on the floor Tuesday. “We will take up the Violence Against Women Act, the farm bill, historic reforms to save the United States Postal Service and legislation to make whole the victims of Hurricane Sandy.”

Republicans in the House didn’t bring up the Senate-passed VAWA bill because it expanded the program without cost offsets and because some disagreed with including non-citizens in the program. Sen. Patty MurrayPatricia (Patty) Lynn MurrayThe risk of kicking higher ed reauthorization down the road Trump admin announces abstinence-focused overhaul of teen pregnancy program Overnight Energy: Senate confirms Bridenstine as NASA chief | Watchdog probes Pruitt’s use of security detail | Emails shine light on EPA science policy changes MORE (D-Wash), a vocal advocate of VAWA, blamed House Republican leaders for refusing to take up the measure during the last Congress.

“In the days ahead, I encourage the moderate Republican voices in the House to call on their leadership to pass the bipartisan Senate bill,” Murray said Tuesday. “Too many women have been left vulnerable while House Republican leaders have played politics.”

Sen. Patrick LeahyPatrick Joseph LeahyCongress should build on the momentum from spending bill Overnight Tech: Zuckerberg grilled by lawmakers over data scandal | What we learned from marathon hearing | Facebook hit with class action lawsuit | Twitter endorses political ad disclosure bill | Uber buys bike share Overnight Cybersecurity: Zuckerberg faces grilling in marathon hearing | What we learned from Facebook chief | Dems press Ryan to help get Russia hacking records | Top Trump security adviser resigning MORE (D-Vt.) reintroduced the bill, which has more than 30 co-sponsors, earlier this week.