It passed as part of a $1.5 trillion government funding package and capped years of work by members of the House and Senate.
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The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) — landmark legislation championed by President Joe Biden that enshrined federal protections and support for survivors — had been in a legislative limbo since it expired during the Trump Administration over disputes from some Republican lawmakers.
"After its initial enactment a quarter-century ago, VAWA – through policy reforms, interstate cooperation and grant allocation – has been pivotal in providing a national response to protecting half of the population. Equally important, it has ushered in a seismic transformation on how society perceives violence against women," Rep. Jackson Lee said in a statement in 2021.
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