- U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) issued the following statement regarding his
vote on the VOCA Fix to Sustain the Crime Victims Fund Act:
failing to adopt my amendment, the Senate missed a tremendous opportunity to guarantee
Crime Victim Fund dollars actually reach victims of crime. While I am
disappointed many voted to maintain the ability to withhold these funds in
order to finance unrelated programs, I will not stop fighting to ensure these
victims receive the support they deserve.”
Crime Victims Fund (CVF) is a Department of Justice-maintained reserve fund
that provides financial aid to victims of crime and the organizations that
support them. Currently, it is funded largely by criminal penalties and fines.
historically, money in the CVF was withheld from victims and used to finance
unrelated spending. Senator Toomey’s amendment would have required CVF dollars
actually be used to support victims of crime.