The U.S. Senate has unanimously approved legislation co-sponsored by Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo that recognizes federal funding priorities and efforts to protect victims of crime.
The measure, brought by Crapo and Minnesota Democrat Amy Klobuchar, marks the 25th Anniversary of the Victims of Crime Act of 1984, known as the VOCA Act.
US Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) comments
Services such as crisis intervention, counseling, legal advocacy, shelters and other needs are paid for in part using VOCA funding. Sen. Crapo has worked with Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy, of Vermont, on permanent protections to the VOCA fund.
Crapo continues on the resolution
Since the Victims of Crime Act was established in 1984, more than $12 billion in offender-generated, non-taxpayer funds has been deposited into the Crime Victims Fund.
The Crime Victims Protection Act was passed by the Judiciary Committee in October and is now under consideration for a vote by the full Senate.