House votes to renew Violence Against Women Act

House votes to renew Violence Against Women Act 1

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Tex., chair of the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security, joined at left by Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., speaks at a news conference on reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, March 17, 2021. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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UPDATED 8:23 AM PT – Thursday, March 18, 2021

With bipartisan support, the House has re-approved a 1994 landmark law aimed at protecting women against domestic and sexual violence. The Violence Against Women Act was reauthorized in a 244-to-172 vote on Wednesday.

The bill, which expired two years ago due to a government shutdown, would expand victim services and reauthorize grant programs to respond to these types of crimes. The measure would also close the so-called “boyfriend loophole” to prevent people convicted of domestic violence or abuse from owning a gun.

“87,000 women, according to the UN, are killed every year,” stated Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.). “50,000 of them are killed by an intimate partner or spouse…that means 137 women die every day by a family member.”

Despite passing in the House, the measure may hit a roadblock in the evenly divided Senate.

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