STAUNTON -- Members of Congress renewed support of the Violence against Women Act.
This act first passed back in 1994, and most current college students grew up with the act already in place. Some students said they are glad the act passed again.
The act supports a national plan to support women and men who face violence. A White House release said the act held people accountable for their crimes. It also increased prosecution, conviction and sentencing of offenders.
Paige Howard is a Mary Baldwin College student who studies women's studies. She said she supports the act passing.
“I think, from what I've researched, it's good for the funding to be going toward these causes. I saw this goes toward abused men, also, so I think it's good that there's funding toward a cause like that, because it's still a prevalent issue,” said Howard.
Opponents of the bill rallied against it because it would extend protection to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. Other opponents said it isn't supported by the constitution.