BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts’s interim U.S. Sen. William ‘‘Mo’’ Cowan has voted to renew the federal Violence Against Women Act.
Cowan tweeted Tuesday that he was proud to cast his first votes in the Senate in favor of ‘‘a bill that means so much to all women across Massachusetts and the entire country.’’
The Senate voted 78-22 to reauthorize the two-decade-old act that has shielded millions of women from abuse and helped reduce rates of domestic violence.
Fellow Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren also voted for the bill.
The measure now heads to the U.S. House where Republicans are working on their own version.
Cowan was appointed by Gov. Deval Patrick to fill the seat left vacant by the departure of John Kerry until a June 25 special election can be held.
Cowan isn’t running in that election.