Meet the Eight Senators Who Voted to Block the Violence Against Women Act

Senate Democrats, bolstered by Republican support, on Monday launched a new attempt to broaden a law protecting women from domestic abuse by expanding its provisions to cover gays, lesbians and Native Americans.

The legislation to renew the Violence Against Women Act appeared on a smooth path toward passage in the Senate, possibly by the end of this week. Monday's vote to make the bill the next order of business was 85-8.

However, eight Senators voted to block the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, choosing to continue partisan delay tactics that potentially put women's lives at risk.

Here they are:

Ted Cruz (R-TX)

Mike Lee (R-UT)

Tim Scott (R-SC)

Marco Rubio (R-FL)

Mike Johanns (R-NE)

Rand Paul (R-KY)

Pat Roberts (R-KS)

James Risch (R-ID)

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