VOCA Lockbox Legislation

H.R. 818: Crime Victims Fund Preservation Act of 2017. A reintroduction of previous legislation to safeguard the Crime Victims Fund. Read the bill.


H.R. 1624: Crime Victims Fund Preservation Act of 2013. This bill, was introduced by Reps. Ted Poe and Jim Costa, is also referred to as the VOCA Lockbox bill. It is a re-introduction in the 113th Congress of bills proposed in previous sessions to take the Crime Victims Fund "off-budget." Read the bill.


On April 15,2011, Reps. Ted Poe (R-TX) and Jim Costa (D-CA), co-chairs of the bipartisan Congressional Crime Victims Rights Caucus, introduced H.R. 1637 to "Safeguard the Crime Victims Fund. The bill, also known as the Lockbox. As with similar legislation introduced in previous Congresses, this bill seeks to safeguard the Crime Victims Fund by preventing attempts to eliminate Fund balances.  H.R. 1637 would take the Crime Victims Fund "off-budget," meaning it would no longer be included as part of the President's budget nor would it be counted as spending (or "savings") during the Congressional budget process.  The bill would prohibit consideration of any measure that would allow the use of the Crime Victims Fund for any purpose other than those authorized in the VOCA statute.

In a floor speech on April 14, Rep. Poe said:

Mr. Speaker, the Victims of Crimes Act, or VOCA, as it's called, is a wonderful idea that requires convicted criminals to pay into a fund that is used by crime victims. It is the idea that criminals pay for the system they have created. They pay rent on the courthouse, so to speak, by putting money in a fund that goes to these victims. This VOCA fund is about $6 billion. This is not taxpayer money. It is money that belongs to victims. But Federal bureaucrats seem to want to rob this fund and pay for other Federal programs.

We cannot allow this money to be taken from victims of violent crime. This money should be placed in a lockbox so it is only used by crime victims and victim services.

During this National Crime Victims Week, our Nation must constantly be sensitive to the needs of people who have been robbed, assaulted, and harmed by criminals. We as a nation are judged not by the way we treat the rich, the powerful, and the famous, but by the way we treat the innocent, the children, the elderly, and victims of crime.

And that's just the way it is.


Click here to read the entire bill.
Click here for a further explanation of the bill.
Click here for VOCA budget.


H.R. 1637 - To Safeguard the Crime Victims Fund
Introduced 4/15/2011 by Rep. Ted Poe (TX-2) and Rep. Jim Costa (CA-20)

Grijalva, Raul (AZ-7)
Fitzpatrick, Michael (PA-8)

Loebsack, David (IA-2)
Norton, Eleanor Holmes (DC)
Paul, Ron (TX-14)

Reichert, Dave (WA-8)
Quayle, Ben (AZ-3)
Waldren, Greg (OR-2)


Previous legislative efforts to safeguard the Crime Victims Fund
H.R. 483 "VOCA Lockbox" Cosponsors (as of 11/17/09)
Introduced 1/13/2009 by Rep. Ted Poe [TX-2] and Rep. Jim Costa [CA-20]

Altmire, Jason [PA-4]
Brady, Robert [PA-1]
Brown, Corrine [FL-3]
Carney, Christopher [PA-10]
Davis, Lincoln [TN-4]
Edwards, Donna [MD-4]
Green, Gene [TX-29]
Grijalva, Raul M. [AZ-7]
Hirono, Mazie K. [HI-2]
Holden, Tim [PA-17]
Johnson, Henry C. [GA-4]
LoBiondo, Frank [NJ-2]

Loebsack, David [IA-2]
Maloney, Carolyn B. [NY-14]
Matsui, Doris O. [CA-5]
McCaul, Michael T. [TX-10]
McCotter, Thaddeus [MI-11]
McGovern, James [MA-3]
McHugh, John M. [NY-23]
Michaud, Michael H. [ME-2]
Miller, Brad [NC-13]
Moore, Dennis [KS-3]
Moore, Gwen [WI-4]

Moran, James P. [VA-8]
Norton, Eleanor Holmes [DC]
Paul, Ron [TX-14]
Payne, Donald M. [NJ-10]
Pingree, Chellie [ME-1]
Platts, Todd Russell [PA-19]
Reichert, Dave [WA-08]
Sestak, Joe [PA-7]
Smith, Christopher [NJ-4]
Space, Zachary [OH-18]
Walden, Greg [OR-2]
Walz, Timothy J. [MN-1]
Wu, David [OR-1]


H.R. 2941 "VOCA Lockbox" Cosponsors (as of 4/101/08)
Introduced 6/28/2007 by Rep. Ted Poe [TX-2]
Abercrombie, Neil [HI-1]
Allen, Thomas H. [ME-1]
Altmire, Jason [PA-4]
Berkley, Shelley [NV-1]
Boyda, Nancy E. [KS-2]
Braley, Bruce L. [IA-1]
Brown-Waite, Ginny [FL-5]
Cardoza, Dennis A. [CA-18]
Carson, Julia [IN-7]
Chabot, Steve [OH-1]
Cleaver, Emanuel [MO-5]
Cohen, Steve [TN-9]
Conyers, John, Jr. [MI-14]
Costa, Jim [CA-20]
Davis, Lincoln [TN-4]
English, Phil [PA-3]
Etheridge, Bob [NC-2]
Fortuno, Luis G. [PR]
Gerlach, Jim [PA-6]
Gillibrand, Kirsten E. [NY-20]
Gordon, Bart [TN-6]
Green, Gene [TX-29]

Grijalva, Raul M. [AZ-7]
Hall, John J. [NY-19]
Higgins, Brian [NY-27]
Hirono, Mazie K. [HI-2]
Hodes, Paul W. [NH-2]
Holden, Tim [PA-17]
Jefferson, William J. [LA-2]
Jones, Stephanie Tubbs [OH-11]
Kaptur, Marcy [OH-9]
Kildee, Dale E. [MI-5]
Langevin, James R. [RI-2]
Lewis, John [GA-5]
LoBiondo, Frank [NJ-2]
Loebsack, David [IA-2]
Maloney, Carolyn B. [NY-14]
Marshall, Jim [GA-8]
Matsui, Doris O. [CA-5]
McCaul, Michael T. [TX-10]
McHugh, John M. [NY-23]
McNulty, Michael R. [NY-21]
Michaud, Michael H. [ME-2]
Moore, Dennis [KS-3]

Moore, Gwen [WI-4]
Moran, James P. [VA-8]
Murphy, Tim [PA-18]
Nadler, Jerrold [NY-8]
Napolitano, Grace F. [CA-38]
Norton, Eleanor Holmes [DC]
Ortiz, Solomon P. [TX-27]
Paul, Ron [TX-14]
Payne, Donald M. [NJ-10]
Reichert, David G. [WA-8]
Roybal-Allard, Lucille [CA-34]
Ruppersberger, C. A. Dutch [MD-2]
Salazar, John T. [CO-3]
Sestak, Joe [PA-7]
Shea-Porter, Carol [NH-1]
Slaughter, Louise McIntosh [NY-28]
Snyder, Vic [AR-2]
Solis, Hilda L. [CA-32]
Space, Zachary T. [OH-18]
Walz, Timothy J. [MN-1]
Welch, Peter [VT]
Wu, David [OR-1]

Last Updated: February 16, 2017