I apologize the the moderators if this topic has been addressed; I did not see such a thread (much to my surprise).

The House has let the Violence Against women Act (VAWA) expire. According to Wikipedia, "The Act provided $1.6 billion toward investigation and prosecution of violent crimes against women, imposed automatic and mandatory restitution on those convicted, and allowed civil redress in cases prosecutors chose to leave unprosecuted."

Although the Act has been renewed since 1994, and approved by the Senate in a revised form*, the House let the Act expire without a vote.

* The revisions expanded protections to gay men and lesbians, illegal immigrants, and Native Americans on reservations attacked my non-reservation assailants.

I am appalled that this last Congress would not even pass a provisional bil lto extend the original protections unti the new Congress meets. Bastards and cowards.