Contact Senate Majority Leader Schumer and Senate Minority Leader McConnell, and tell them to bring VOCA to the floor for a vote!
On March 17, the House of Representatives passed the VOCA Fix to Sustain the Crime Victims Fund Act of 2021 (“the VOCA Fix Act”) with overwhelming bipartisan support. This critical legislation will prevent devastating cuts to federal funding for victim service programs through the Victims of Crime Act (“VOCA”). However, we have yet to see movement in the Senate.
The situation is dire! Federal grants to victim services through the Victims of Crime Act have been cut by two-thirds in the last four years. Congress can fix this by ensuring federal financial penalties from deferred prosecution and non-prosecution agreements are treated the same way as penalties resulting from criminal convictions - that they go to serve and compensate crime victims.
It has been two-and-a-half months since the VOCA Fix Act passed the House. IT’S TIME FOR THE SENATE TO ACT!
On June 8, call and/or email Senate Majority Leader Schumer and Senate Minority Leader McConnell and tell them to prioritize victims and bring the House-passed VOCA Fix Act with no amendments to the floor for a vote immediately. Victims have already missed out on approximately $500 million this year, and every day the Senate delays is a day that victims lose out on money.
In addition to contacting Majority Leader Schumer and Minority Leader McConnell directly, join the Twitter storm Tuesday, June 8 from 2:00 - 3:00 ET. Find graphics and sample tweets in the toolkit. The hashtags are #VOCAFix and #Crisis4Victims. Twitter handles are @SenSchumer and @LeaderMcConnell.
For more information, contact Rachel Graber (firstname.lastname@example.org).