The U.S House on Thursday approved an LGBT-inclusive Senate-passed reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), which offers protections for the victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.

With a 286 to 138 vote, the House approved the measure and sent it to President Barack Obama for his signature. The president has said he will sign the legislation.

House Republicans had backed an amendment to the bill which would have excluded victims who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender, as well as Native Americans, immigrants and college students.

The GOP version failed to clear the chamber by a vote of 257 to 166.

All 138 House members voting against the LGBT-inclusive version of the measure were Republicans.

The Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus applauded House passage of the measure.

“Domestic violence prevention has and should continue to be an issue that Democrats and Republicans can agree on and work together to advance,” Rep. Jared Polis, a Democrat from Colorado, said in a statement. “I am glad that Republican leadership finally realized they could not afford to continue alienating many Americans by attempting to exclude provisions that protect LGBT, immigrant, student and Native American victims of domestic abuse and sexual assault.”

“With this vote today, we affirm some of our most cherished and fundamental American guarantees – that people deserve our protection regardless of who they are or where they are from,” added Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, a Democrat from Arizona.

Attorney General Eric Holder said the VAWA has “transformed the way we respond to domestic and sexual violence.”

“I applaud Congress for passing a bipartisan reauthorization that protects everyone – women and men, gay and straight, children and adults of all races, ethnicities, countries of origin, and tribal affiliations,” Holder said in a statement. “The Department of Justice looks forward to implementing this historic legislation after it is signed into law.”