U.S. Rep. Steve King voted against the Senate version of the Violence Against Women Act that won final passage in the House of Representatives Thursday.
The Republican from Kiron previously voted for a different version of the bill which was written largely by House Republicans.
''I supported this legislation because I know how important it is to empower women in difficult situations,'' King said in a written statement.
''If a woman is at risk, she should know that she has a place to turn for support and assistance.
"I supported the Violence Against Women Act in 2005, 2012 and today I voted in support of the House version to see that victims of domestic violence and sexual assault have access to the resources and protection when they need it the most,''the statement concluded.