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 CoonsChristopher (Chris) Andrew CoonsDem senators urge Pompeo to reverse visa policy on diplomats' same-sex partners 15 Saudis identified in disappearance of Washington Post columnist The Senate needs to cool it MORE (D-Del.) and Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsBeto O'Rourke on impeachment: 'There is enough there to proceed' Rosenstein to appear for House interview next week Emmet Flood steps in as White House counsel following McGahn departure 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.”