FILE - In this May 16, 2012 file photo, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt. gestures during a committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Senate on Tuesday is expected to put aside its partisan divisions to approve a renewal of the Violence Against Women Act, a law credited with protecting millions of victims of domestic violence over its 20-year history. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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FILE - In this May 16, 2012 file photo, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt. gestures during a committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Senate on Tuesday is expected to put aside its partisan divisions to approve a renewal of the Violence Against Women Act, a law credited with protecting millions of victims of domestic violence over its 20-year history. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
FILE - In this May 16, 2012 file photo, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt. gestures during a committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Senate on Tuesday is expected to put aside its partisan divisions to approve a renewal of the Violence Against Women Act, a law credited with protecting millions of victims of domestic violence over its 20-year history. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
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