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A bipartisan group of lawmakers announced a deal Wednesday to renew the Violence Against Women Act, which lawmakers have failed to reauthorize in recent years.

The Violence Against Women Act was originally signed into law in 1994, and then-Sen. Biden was the primary author of the legislation. The act aims to support survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking using federal grants.

Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., said they would introduce the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2022 to “update and strengthen the law to ensure that it can meet the current needs of survivors, increase prevention, and improve the response to violence.” The bill would reauthorize the act through 2027.

Yesterday’s press conference also included a special guest: actress Angelina Jolie.

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