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President Joe Biden signed a bill Thursday to strengthen the Crime Victims Fund, which helps to support victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, child abuse and other crimes.
Watch the signing in the player above.
The Senate voted unanimously Tuesday, 100-0, to pass the bill bolstering the fund.
“When someone commits a crime it’s not enough to bring the predator to justice. We also need to support the victims,” Biden said in a White House East Room ceremony.
The Crime Victims Fund was established in 1984 to support victim services, specifically by directing funds collected from fines and penalties paid by convicted federal criminals.
The fund’s balance has been drastically depleted in recent years, resulting in a 70 percent reduction in victims assistance programs.
The legislation signed Thursday will for the first time include revenue from deferred- and non-prosecution agreements, which Biden said will rebuild and replenish the money available to victims.
“That’s 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 said while surrounded by a bipartisan group of lawmakers.
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