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House Votes to Reauthorize Violence Against Women Act, Commits to Safety for Native Women


March 18, 2021

The United States Capitol building.

WASHINGTON - The House of Representatives today passed a bill reauthorizing a lapsed Violence Against Women Act with new provisions speicifcally addressing Native American victims. The legislation will now be sent to the Senate for consideration.

The bill-reintroduced March 8 by Texas' Democratic Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee and co-sponsored by 182 lawmakers, including two republicans-came with strong support from the Office of Management and Budget (OBM), the federal agency responsible for supervising the Executive Branch of the U.S. government.

"The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) is a landmark piece of bipartisan legislation that was first enacted in 1994 and that was reauthorized in 2000, 2005, and 2013," the statement from the White House read. The act allocates resources to states and tribes to help prevent and improve response to domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking.


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