Congressional leaders are still haggling over an extension of the landmark Violence Against Women Act — one of the final hold-ups in a funding deal to avert a shutdown Friday.
The parties are clashing on multiple fronts, as Republicans and Democrats fight over whether — and how — to expand protections for victims of domestic violence in the #MeToo era.
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One dispute centers on a Democratic push to add new protections for people who are transgender, which the GOP is resisting; meanwhile, Republicans want a short-term extension to buy more time to negotiate a broader deal, according to multiple lawmakers and aides.
The fight broke out into the open on Wednesday as negotiators were closing in on a final spending agreement, with GOP leaders accusing Democrats of scuttling a temporary VAWA extension in an attempt to add new provisions.