tv President Biden Signs Bill to Sustain Crime Victims Fund Act CSPAN July 22, 2021 8:40pm-8:59pm EDT
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ladies and gentlemen, the president of united states accompanied by the vice president of the united. states. ♪♪ ♪♪ >> thank you. the next time i hear that, i'm going to wonder when he's coming. please, everybody sit down. thank you. let me begin by doing something else speaker should ever do by apologizing. i got to look tied up in another office i work and i apologize for keeping you waiting because i know you are no all equally as busy as i am. i want to thank you. today is a day i hope, i mean that, hope and healing.
victims of crime and organization who support the victims of crime and i want to thank vice president second gentlemen, sensors durbin, i think he's here, i thought i saw him senator durbin and grassley and graham and murkowski. representatives mathur and fitzpatrick jackson wegner everyone who's helped make possible at this moment including so many of you who are here today that i have not mentioned. when someone commits a crime, it's not enough to bring the predator to justice. we also need to support the victims and it's something way back 150 years ago when i was chairman of the judiciary committee we spent a lot of time working on and setting up victims funds. that's what this crimes victims
does. many years of working on the issue, i visited an awful lot of domestic violence shelters. every guy time appointer city, quietly before i went to where i was supposed to be, i quietly slipped in spent time in a domestic violenceol shelter to e people giving the services and people getting the services and many times the body language you see when you walk in was one of the victims of crime find themselves almost crawled up into a ball, still suffering from a serious, not only physical abuse they received but quite frankly, the emotional abuse and you can see the pain still with them and he wondered, when is this going to update, no matter what we did. according to cdc, and i think senator feinstein remembers i got in trouble because when i
was pushing legislation way back in those days, i said i am convinced women who are victims of domestic violence suffer from posttraumatic stress, no different from a soldier being shot at regularly. you come home and every time your significant other comes home and dinnerou was ready, you smash your head against the wall, there is no different than being shot at. cdc two years later came out and said survivors serious health problems such depression and symptoms of posttraumatic stress. even before research confirmed it, you can see it and there ara economic costs for survivors as well. medical costs, lost productivity from work navigating the court system. that's right victims compensation program helps victims and families part of the cost they've sufferedct from the
crime. there can be counseling and medical bills. loss just because couldn't work. paying for temporary housing for family of abuse, even fixing a broken door kicked down by an abuser and the vast majority of children in the street are the children who are the children of abused women. you can also a long term support survivors of healing. every single sense of the word. in 2019, victims compensation fund went directly to 30,000 victims, 200 and 30,000. these funds also got to states, territories and tribes to support thousands of victims service organizations. these organizations provided services to support over 13 million survivors by the way, last night some of you heard me talk about the need for more policing that understands the need for communities and
citizens. these funds go to law enforcement agencies for training and how to respond to victims who have experienced trauma. 1984, i wasra proud to support e passage of the victims of crime act created funds. i am proud to sign a law that significantly strengthens today. this one doesn't take a dime of taxpayer's mother, it's fines and penalties paid by convicted federal criminals. however, fines are called non- prosecutorial or deferred prosecution did not go into this in the past. since there's been more and more agreements reached in years, the funds are being depleted. that meant dramatic cuts in funding that could be provided o for victims and organizations to support these victims. between 2017 today, the amount of money funds have gone down
92% which is a result of the 70% reduction in victims assistance programs ands grant. this means for a lot of victims, the help they need is not there any longer. my son boat was attorney general of delaware, he took pride protecting and caring for childe victims. i know as san francisco da california attorney general vice president harris expand support for victims of crime and launched one of the nation's first medical centers focused on treating childcare trauma caused by violence in the home or community. this bill will allow us to make sure all fines and penalties from federal cases go into the victims, crime victims fund to rebuild this fund because it badly needed. this will enable us to provide
more help and support for those of victims child abuse, trafficking and other crimes all across america. in order to provide more access safety and services for victims of gender-based violence is long past time to reauthorize andgt strengthen protections through the violence against. please, please. [applause] i know from experience, you can come together in the bipartisan bicameral way to pass this bill. we need youin to do the same thg to reauthorize this act without further delay after these changes in the victims crime act passed this week, a leader from one of the states coalition against domestic violence sent a letter to national organization. she wrote about working in the shelter where their ability to a
serve people rose and fell based on but bumping up victims services. she told the story of a client she lost to domestic violence homicide because the budget cuts left them without space at the shelter. her staff needed to help the particular woman. upon learning about the flock i'm about to sign today, she wrote i think about her every day is going to be lifesaving. this is what you have done, lifesaving. in closing, i went to those working in the front lines, help these victims especially during this pandemic it's made the more demanding and dangerous. i want to thankus advocates mobilize and bring together these important changes to the law. there are thousands off people who may not know about the work you did to get the bill passed
but they all know they are getting the help they need to put their lives back together and move toward healing and justice. i now havegr the great honor of signing the bill and i am by sponsors to come stand with me if you are really. [applause] willing. [applause] [applause] [background noises] [background noises] background noise. [background noises]
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