WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama signed expanded protections for domestic violence victims into law Thursday, renewing a measure credited with curbing attacks against women a year and a half after it lapsed amid partisan bickering.
The revitalized Violence Against Women Act also marked an important win for gay rights advocates and Native Americans, who will see new protections under the law, and for Obama, whose attempts to push for a renewal failed last year after they became entangled in gender politics and the presidential election.
President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner met for a third time at the White House to discuss averting spending cuts and tax increases before a year-end deadline.
Boehner and Obama met for almost an hour Thursday, with no public announcement of progress. In January, more than US$600-billion in spending cuts and tax increases, the so-called fiscal cliff, are scheduled to begin.
Lines of communication remain open
US President Barack Obama signed into law a compromise bill extending a payroll tax cut and jobless benefits through 2012, after a bitter partisan fight over how to pay for it.Congress approved the bill on Friday with broad bipartisan support, ending the contentious battle over a measure aimed at boosting the tepid US recovery -- and giving Obama a key election-year victory.The US president, who is seeking re-election in November, signed the bill in the Oval Office, a White House statement said.