The Senate is finally debating today, as we file this report, the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act, which includes the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and the Sex Trafficking Victims Protection Act, as well as other anti-crime provisions. Republican leadership had been stalling the vote on VAWA for months. Feminist leaders had urged Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott (R-Miss.) to bring the bill to the floor for debate. A vote is anticipated by the end of today on both the trafficking act and VAWA. VAWA passed in the House of Representatives by a vote of 415 to 3. The Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act, with VAWA included, passed a joint House-Senate conference committee by a vote of 356 to 28.