Sunday, December 18, 2005
Congress on Saturday sent President Bush an extension of the Violence Against Women Act that would increase funding for the landmark act. The House passed the bill on a voice vote Saturday, a day after the Senate approved it. The Act is aimed at curtailing domestic violence through funding for women's shelters and law enforcement training, expired in September. It originally passed Congress in 1994 and was renewed in 2000. The latest renewal extends the legislation five years at a cost of about $3.9 billion. This is a 20 percent increase over the last five-year extension. Source: IndyStar.com. Please click here for more information (last visited December 19, 2005, reo).