WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Charlie Dent (PA-15) today issued the following statement after voting for H.R. 4970, a bill to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).

“Reauthorization of the Violence Against Woman Act will undoubtedly improve our nation’s ability to combat domestic violence and protect its victims. While the version of this legislation passed earlier this year by the U.S. Senate is worthy of support, I voted for H.R. 4970 because its passage in the House brings Congress a step closer to completing work on this important matter. Now, the two chambers must work together to reconcile differences in their approaches to VAWA reauthorization.”