Today, the House of Representatives passed the Senate version of the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 (S. 47) by a vote of 286 to 138. Eighty-seven Republicans and all 199 Democrats in the House supported the legislation.
"I proudly cast my vote today to send the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act to President Obama's desk for his signature. This bill reaffirms and expands our commitment to protecting women from domestic and sexual violence by giving our communities the resources they need. Tribal nations will now have additional tools to ensure the safety of Native women and children. LGBT survivors will be guaranteed equal access to the services they need. After numerous years of hard work, today's Violence Against Women Act includes a provision requiring a multi-year strategy to prevent child marriage and empower girls in developing nations. Passage of today's bill is a victory for all women."