VOCA Day of Action: Tuesday, June 8
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!
Luckily for those of us living in Illinois BOTH Senators Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth are co-sponsors. So we need you to JUST contact McConnell and Schumer.
TODAY call 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.
Senate Majority Leader Schumer’s office number is (202) 224-6542. If the line is busy, you can call one of his in-state offices: https://www.schumer.senate.gov/contact/office-locations
Click here to email him: https://www.schumer.senate.gov/contact/email-chuck
Senate Minority Leader McConnell’s office number is (202) 224-2541. If the line is busy, you can call one of his in-state offices: https://www.mcconnell.senate.gov/public/
Click here to email him: https://www.mcconnell.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/contact?p=ContactForm
Your message- “Bring the House-passed VOCA Fix Act with no amendments to the floor for a vote immediately.” THANK YOU! #VOCAFix #Crisis4Victims