FILE - In this Nov. 29, 2012 file photo, Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash. is seen on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Senate on Monday returned to the Violence Against Women Act, seeking to accomplish what Congress last year failed to do _ extend the federal government's chief means of protecting women from domestic abuse while broadening those protections to better include Native Americans, gays and lesbians. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

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FILE - In this Nov. 29, 2012 file photo, Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash. is seen on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Senate on Monday returned to the Violence Against Women Act, seeking to accomplish what Congress last year failed to do _ extend the federal government's chief means of protecting women from domestic abuse while broadening those protections to better include Native Americans, gays and lesbians.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
FILE - In this Nov. 29, 2012 file photo, Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash. is seen on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Senate on Monday returned to the Violence Against Women Act, seeking to accomplish what Congress last year failed to do _ extend the federal government's chief means of protecting women from domestic abuse while broadening those protections to better include Native Americans, gays and lesbians. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
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