Ann Wagner asks Biden to sign VOCA fix quickly

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Following its unanimous passage in the U.S. Senate Tuesday evening, Congresswoman Ann Wagner is imploring President Joe Biden to sign the bipartisan package funding victim advocacy groups. 

The VOCA (Victims Crime Act) Fix to Sustain the Crime Victims Fund Act glided out of the upper chamber after passing the House in March. It adds revenues collected from deferred prosecution and non-prosecution agreements to the Crime Victims Fund and allows states to waive matching requirements for state grants for one year following a pandemic. 

As the COVID-19 pandemic caused lockdowns, reports of domestic and family violence increased. Yet due to changes in how the Justice Department has handled federal crimes that typically funded VOCA — moving to deferred or nonprosecution agreements — nonprofits across the country aiding domestic and sexual violence victims saw detrimental…

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