Crime Victims Fund Legislation
On January 4, 2017, Reps. Scott Perry (R-PA04) and Brendan Boyle (D-PA13) introduced H.R. 275, the "Fairness for Crime Victims Act of 2017," which would require that the amount made available from the Crime Victims Fund be no less than average amount deposited into the Fund over the previous three fiscal years.On February 2, 2017, Reps. Ted Poe (R-TX02) and Jim Costa (D-CA16) introduced H.R. 818, "To safeguard the Crime Victims Fund," which would require that that the Crime Victims Fund be used only for purposes authorized under the VOCA statute. See Rep. Ted Poe's Floor Remarks (including video).
In supporting these bills, NAVAA has requested that they be consolidated so that the annual 3-year average CVF cap be restricted to only those purposes authorized under the VOCA statute. NAVAA noted that recent proposals would simply transfer amounts out of the Fund for non-VOCA authorized purposes. In a January 18, 2017 letter to Reps. Perry and Boyle, NAVAA says that these "backdoor" carve outs violate the express statutory provision that the Fund be used only for VOCA authorized programs. "Allowing the Fund to be used for purposes not authorized under the VOCA statute creates a tempting opportunity to transform the Crime Victims Fund into a sizable revenue source for virtually any program."
The following bills have been or were previously introduced in Congress to protect the Crime Victims Fund:
- Exempt from Sequestration (H.R. 2238/113th Congress)
- Lockbox (H.R. 1624/113th Congress)
- Minimum Cap (S. 1340/111th Congress)
H.R. 2238: To amend the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985 to exempt the Crime Victims Fund from sequestration.