Today, Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard hailed passage of the Senate version of the Violence Against Women Act, which includes protections for women immigrants, Native American women and members of the LGBT community against domestic and sexual violence. The House Republican version of the bill excluded these groups from protection, and following a failed vote on the Republican proposal, the House passed the Senate bill (S.47) 286-138. The legislation now heads to the President for his signature.
"I am thrilled that we were able to come together and pass the Violence Against Women Act. For too long this critical piece of legislation has been held in limbo by the House Republican leadership. Today we took an important step forward toward protecting women and their families from harm," said Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard.