The U.S. Senate passed the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) reauthorization bill on Tuesday by a large majority, 78-22. It now heads to the House of Representatives.
The bill would allocate $659 million over the next five years for VAWA programs, and expands the act to include new protections for LGBT and Native American victims of domestic violence, according to The Huffington Post.
The Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault, based in Arnold, issued the following statement regarding VAWA's passage in the Senate.
"Thank you to everyone who called and emailed their legislators—You made this happen! And of course, thank you to our Maryland Senators Barbara Mikulski and Benjamin Cardin for voting for the bill. We join our other state coalitions in applauding the Senate for passing this bill and urging the House to act quickly to pass a strong bipartisan VAWA," a representative from MCASA said.
To read more on the VAWA passage, read the full story on The Huffington Post.