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Rep. John Katko votes to renew Violence Against Women Act, calls for bipartisanship

U.S. Rep. John Katko wasn’t satisfied with every provision in a bill that would reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act, but he voted for it anyway.

The House of Representatives on Thursday approved legislation that would renew the Violence Against Women Act, a 1994 law that aims to address crimes against women and established grant programs to support agencies across the country, including Vera House in Syracuse.

The bill passed by a 263-158 vote. Katko, R-Camillus, was one of 33 Republicans who supported the measure.

The largely Democratic-backed bill contains some provisions that may be difficult to advance in the Republican-led Senate. The legislation would allow transgender women to be placed in shelters for women who are homeless or victims of domestic violence. It would also allow transgender women who receive prison sentences to serve in a facility associated with their gender identity.

Republicans also oppose language that would block anyone convicted of abusing or stalking their dating partner from owning a firearm.

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