Congress was correct when it voted on Thursday to reauthorize and strengthen the Violence Against Women Act.
House Republicans had tried to limit the bill before last November's election because the law extends domestic violence protections to gays, lesbians and transsexuals.
President Barack Obama said in a written statement that the bill improves how victims of rape are treated. It now also extends protections to Native American women. Previously tribal courts could not prosecute non-Indiana who attack their Indian partners on tribal lands. It also reauthorizes the Trafficking Victims Protection Act.
The Violence Against Women Act is credited with helping reduce domestic violence incidents by two-thirds over the past two decades. The law authorizes $659 million a year over five years to fund current programs that provide grants for transitional housing, legal assistance, law enforcement training and hotlines.
The president said that renewing this bill is an important step towards making sure no one in America is forced to live in fear. He said he looks forward to signing it into law as soon as it hits his desk.