“The House voted 286 to 138 on Thursday to pass the bipartisan Senate version of VAWA,” The Huffington Post reports. In a statement, President Obama said, “Today’s vote will go even further by continuing to reduce domestic violence, improving how we treat victims of rape, and extending protections to Native American women and members of the LGBT community. Renewing this bill is an important step towards making sure no one in America is forced to live in fear, and I look forward to signing it into law as soon as it hits my desk.”
The Senate’s version of the bill that was passed includes “the SAFER Act, which helps law enforcement address a backlog in untested rape kits, and the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act, which targets human trafficking.” The Violence Against Women Act “will be reauthorized for another five years, with $659 million being provided for various programs targeting domestic violence.”
For more on the ways the Violence Against Women Act protects women and girls, read the White House Fact Sheet on VAWA.
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