The House and the Senate have completed the Omnibus Appropriations Bill and have sent it to the President, who is expected to sign it into law.
The Victim of Crime Act Fund (VOCA) has been cut by $35 million. California will see a cut of over $5 million.
The President’s budget called for the elimination of the VOCA Fund but a variety of organizations fought hard to maintain it and even to raise the VOCA cap throughout the appropriation’s process.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
The outcome of the VOCA cut cannot be changed but we can ensure that VOCA is restored next year.
Your voice is needed! Stay on the lookout for these strategic activities in January:
- Document the impact of VOCA cuts on your programs and victims in your area.
- Write a letter send it to your Members of Congress about the importance of VOCA funding.
- Talk to the presidential candidates. As they move through the primaries, they need to know that VOCA is a significant issue for the American public.
Thank you for being ready to act in these strategic ways to ensure a stable future for VOCA!