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Biden signs crime victims fund replenishment bill

July 22, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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President Joe Biden signs H.R. 1652, the VOCA Fix to Sustain the Crime Victims Fund Act of 2021, in the East Room of the White House, Thursday, July 22, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

President Joe Biden celebrated what he called "a day of hope" Thursday before signing the VOCA Fix to Sustain the Crime Victims Fund Act of 2021, a bipartisan bill that aims to provide assistance for crime victims, including counseling expenses, medical bills and lost wages.

(CNN)President Joe Biden celebrated what he called "a day of hope" Thursday before signing the VOCA Fix to Sustain the Crime Victims Fund Act of 2021, a bipartisan bill that aims to provide assistance for crime victims, including counseling expenses, medical bills and lost wages.

Biden thanked lawmakers of both parties in the room, including Democratic Sens.

"This bill is going to allow us to make sure that all the fines and penalties that are from federal cases go to the victims, the Crime Victims Fund, to rebuild this fund, because it's badly needed," Biden told those gathered in the East Room of the White House.

The President took the opportunity to call on Congress to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act, telling lawmakers in the room, "It's long past time to reauthorize and strengthen the protections through the Violence Against Women Act -- please, please. "

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