The Senate passed a bill that would reauthorize the Victims of Child Abuse Act (VOCAA), which funds community service centers for child abuse victims.
Late last week, the Senate passed the Victims of Child Abuse Reauthorization Act, S. 1799, through a unanimous consent agreement.
Sens. Chris CoonsChris Andrew CoonsDems punch back over GOP holdup of Biden SBA nominee Biden threatens more sanctions on Ethiopia, Eritrea over Tigray conflict Senate Democrats to Garland: 'It's time to end the federal death penalty' MORE (D-Del.) and Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsOvernight Hillicon Valley — Apple issues security update against spyware vulnerability Stanford professors ask DOJ to stop looking for Chinese spies at universities in US Overnight Energy & Environment — Democrats detail clean electricity program MORE (R-Ala.) introduced the bipartisan legislation reauthorizing funding through 2018.
“There is no higher duty than protecting our nation’s children, and this bill is an important step to ensure the most vulnerable children receive the care and support they deserve,” Sessions said.
Their bill would also allow the Department of Justice to audit grant recipients of the program to ensure there is no waste, fraud or abuse.
The legislation now heads to the House, where there is a companion bill, H.R. 3706.
“I am grateful that the Senate has finally come together to reauthorize this vital program, and look forward to working with my colleagues in the House to get a bill to President Obama for his signature,” Coons said. “We have a responsibility to protect our children from violence and abuse.”