Local members of Congress have voted to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act. 5th District Congresswoman Jahana Hayes says it would expand measures designed to protect victims of intimate partner violence. 4th District Congressman Jim Himes says women are 5 times more likely to be killed if their abuser owns a gun. He notes that the NRA opposed this bill because it assures domestic abusers can’t access firearms. The measure first became law in 1994 and has been reauthorized by Congress approximately every five years since. The vote yesterday was 263 to 158, with 1 member voting Present.