Washington week

Published Mar 3, 2013 at 04:00AM

WASHINGTON — The House of Representatives passed the Senate version of a reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act on Thursday. Unlike the version passed in the House, the Senate version of the bill that funds domestic violence prevention and prosecutions extends protections to women in tribal communities, lesbians, bisexuals and transgendered people and immigrants. The bill passed the by a 286-138 margin, with 87 Republicans joining 199 Democrats in supporting it. All 138 votes against the bill were cast by Republicans.

U.S. House vote

• Reauthorize Violence Against Women Act

Walden (R) Y

Blumenauer (D) Y

Bonamici (D) Y

DeFazio (D) Y

Schrader (D) Y

Less than two weeks after Senate Republicans blocked Chuck Hagel’s confirmation as defense secretary by defeating a cloture vote that would have ended debate on his nomination, enough Republicans dropped their objections to allow Hagel’s nomination to proceed. Hagel easily earned a majority Tuesday, 58-41, in a straight up-and-down vote. Four Republicans joined the Democratic majority, and all 41 no votes came from GOP members. Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., did not vote.

U.S. Senate vote

• Confirm Chuck Hagel

Merkley (D) Y

Wyden (D) Y

Jack Lew, President Obama’s nominee to replace Timothy Geithner as treasury secretary, did not provoke a filibuster, and the Senate voted to confirm him Wednesday. Obama nominated the former White House chief of staff on Jan. 10, and Lew quickly passed a vote by the Senate Finance Committee following his Feb. 13 confirmation hearing. The entire Senate approved Lew by a 71-26 vote, with Vermont Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders joining 25 Republicans in opposing the nomination. Three Democrat senators did not vote.

U.S. Senate vote

• Confirm Jack Lew

Merkley (D) Y

Wyden (D) Y

— Andrew Clevenger, The Bulletin