The Republican-led House is poised to vote Wednesday afternoon on its plan to bring up the Violence Against Women Act. The rule calls for a vote on the House version and, if it fails, a vote on the Senate-passed version.
The expectation, Democratic aides said Tuesday night, is that the House version fails and the Senate version passes.
House conservatives are unhappy with the decision, which amounts to backing down and being willing to accept the aggressive reforms to cover LGBT, Native American and undocumented women who are abused. Conservatives have resisted those provisions for nearly a year.