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 CoonsSenators zero in on shadowy court at center of IG report DOJ inspector general refutes Trump claim that Obama tapped his wires Live coverage: DOJ inspector general testifies on Capitol Hill MORE (D-Del.) and Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsLisa Page sues DOJ, FBI over alleged privacy violations Sessions leads GOP Senate primary field in Alabama, internal poll shows Trump rebukes FBI chief Wray over inspector general's Russia inquiry 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.”