The Senate passed a bill that would reauthorize the Victims of Child Abuse Act (VOCAA), which funds community service centers for child abuse victims.

Late last week, the Senate passed the Victims of Child Abuse Reauthorization Act, S. 1799, through a unanimous consent agreement.

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Sens. Chris CoonsChris CoonsDemocrats go in for the kill on ObamaCare repeal Funeral for the filibuster: GOP will likely lay Senate tool to rest Overnight Regulation: Labor groups fear rollback of Obama worker protection rule | Trump regs czar advances in Senate | New FCC enforcement chief MORE (D-Del.) and Jeff SessionsJeff SessionsGrassley calls on 'leaker' to release Sessions-Russia conversation After White House communication team shake up, Trump still tweeting Past is prologue for Jeff Sessions: Why did the AG meet with a hate group? MORE (R-Ala.) introduced the bipartisan legislation reauthorizing funding through 2018.

“There is no higher duty than protecting our nation’s children, and this bill is an important step to ensure the most vulnerable children receive the care and support they deserve,” Sessions said.

Their bill would also allow the Department of Justice to audit grant recipients of the program to ensure there is no waste, fraud or abuse.

The legislation now heads to the House, where there is a companion bill, H.R. 3706.

“I am grateful that the Senate has finally come together to reauthorize this vital program, and look forward to working with my colleagues in the House to get a bill to President Obama for his signature,” Coons said. “We have a responsibility to protect our children from violence and abuse.”