By Alex Parker
The parties are set for yet another battle in the culture wars.
Senate Democrats Thursday began a push, despite Republican objections, to pass a broadened re-authorization of the Violence Against Women Act -- the 20 year-old act which streamlined laws against domestic violence across the country. Previously, the bill has been passed nearly unanimously, but this time around Republicans are crying foul over reports that the bill is being pushed in an effort to embarrass the GOP.
Republicans claim that the bill expands the federal definition of domestic violence to include same-sex couples. Senate Judiciary Committee ranking Republican Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley also claimed that the bill doesn't do enough to root out waste in federal anti-domestic violence programs, and expands prosecutorial powers too broadly in other areas.
The current law is set to lapse in 2012.
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