Biden signs bill to bolster crime victims fund

Biden signs bill to bolster crime victims fund
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President BidenJoe BidenOvernight Defense: Senate panel adds B to Biden's defense budget | House passes bill to streamline visa process for Afghans who helped US | Pentagon confirms 7 Colombians arrested in Haiti leader's killing had US training On The Money: Senate braces for nasty debt ceiling fight | Democrats pushing for changes to bipartisan deal | Housing prices hit new high in June Hillicon Valley: Democrats introduce bill to hold platforms accountable for misinformation during health crises | Website outages hit Olympics, Amazon and major banks MORE on Thursday signed into law a bill to bolster a fund used to support victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and other crimes at a ceremony attended by a bipartisan group of lawmakers.

The bill adds a new revenue stream for the Crime Victims Fund, which was established when Biden was a senator in 1984 to support victim services, specifically by directing funds collected from deferred prosecution and non-prosecution agreements. It is currently supported by criminal penalties and fines.

“This bill is going to allow us to make sure that all the fines and penalties that are from federal cases go into the Crime Victims Fund to rebuild this fund, because it's badly needed,” Biden said in remarks at a signing ceremony at the White House.

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“This is going to enable us to provide more help and support to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse, trafficking and other crimes all across America,” Biden added.

Biden said that the fund had been dramatically depleted in recent years, resulting in cuts to victim services, and that the new fix would provide more support to victims who have suffered physical and emotional abuse, endured economic costs and grappled with mental health problems.

“When someone commits a crime it’s not enough to bring the predator to justice. We also need to support the victims,” Biden said.

Biden, who represented Delaware in the Senate earlier in his career, was a co-sponsor of the original law when it passed the Senate in 1984.

The Senate voted in an exceedingly rare unanimous 100-0 vote on Tuesday to pass the bill strengthening the fund. 

Biden hosted a sizable group of Democratic and Republican lawmakers at the White House to celebrate the occasion, posing for a picture with the group that included Sens. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinBiden signs bill to bolster crime victims fund Stripping opportunity from DC's children Progressive groups ask for town hall with Feinstein to talk filibuster MORE (D-Calif.), Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiBiden signs bill to bolster crime victims fund Bipartisan group says it's still on track after setback on Senate floor Schumer sets up Wednesday infrastructure showdown MORE (R-Alaska), and Joni ErnstJoni Kay ErnstBiden signs bill to bolster crime victims fund GOP seeks to make Biden synonymous with inflation Overnight Defense: Pentagon details military construction projects getting .2B restored from wall funds | Biden chooses former commander to lead Navy | Bill seeks to boost visa program for Afghans who helped US MORE (R-Iowa), as well as Reps. Jerrold NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerHere's what Congress is reading at the beach this summer Activists see momentum as three new states legalize marijuana Supreme Court expansion push starts to fizzle MORE (D-N.Y.) and Sheila Jackson LeeSheila Jackson LeeBiden signs bill to bolster crime victims fund The faith community can help pass a reparations bill Hillicon Valley: Russian hacking group believed to be behind Kaseya attack goes offline | DHS funding package pours millions into migrant surveillance | Jen Easterly sworn in as director of DHS cyber agency MORE (D-Texas). 

Biden also urged the Congress to take bipartisan action on another piece of legislation — namely by reauthorizing and strengthening protections in the Violence Against Women Act “without further delay.”