Obama signed into law new and expanded protections for women, a year and a half after the the Violence Against Women Act's renewal was blocked by Republicans in Congress. The new bill notably contains increased protections for LGBT and minority women, including Native Americans. In the President's speech at the signing on Thursday, he said:
"Because of this bill, we’ll keep in place all the protections and services [in the previous bill], and we’ll expand them to cover even more women. Because this is a country where everybody should be able to pursue their own measure of happiness and live their lives free from fear, no matter who you are, no matter who you love."
The bill was originally passed in 1994 and then expired in 2011. Last week, the Republican-controlled House finally allowed the Bill to come to a vote.