U.S. Rep. John Katko is the lead author of a letter to House Republican leaders urging them to pass a bipartisan proposal to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act.
Katko, R-Camillus, released the letter Monday that was signed by 45 of his House GOP colleagues, including U.S. Reps. Dan Donovan, John Faso, Peter King, Tom Reed and Elise Stefanik of New York.
The Violence Against Women Act was first signed in 1994 and was last reauthorized in 2013. It is due to expire at the end of this month.
The law provides funding for domestic violence programs and protections for victims. It has received bipartisan support from lawmakers in the past, even in 2013 when some Republicans opposed a reauthorization proposal that would extend some protections to same-sex couples.
Katko, who said he’s supported funding initiatives in the past to assist victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, wants House leaders to allow a vote on the legislation.