A bill to protect victims of domestic violence comes up for a vote this week in the U.S. Senate. Some Senate Republicans oppose the legislation because it expands prosecutorial powers for native American tribes, and adds protection for battered illegal immigrants, gays, and lesbians.
U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-ID) is a co-sponsor of the bill. He says the provisions that have been criticized aren’t central to the legislation. “I believe these are critical programs that need to be re-authorized and I’m going to be a strong advocate for it.”