FILE - In this Dec. 18, 2012 file photo, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt. is seen on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Senate on Monday returned to the Violen

 

              FILE - In this Dec. 18, 2012 file photo, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt. is seen on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Senate on Monday returned to the Violen
FILE - In this Dec. 18, 2012 file photo, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt. 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/Susan Walsh, File)