Comment Of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Chairman, Senate Judiciary Committee, On the Release of Funds to Support the Victims of the Boston Marathon Bombing

[Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) issued the following comment Monday after the Department of Justice announced the release of funds through the Crime Victims Fund to support those affected by the Boston Marathon bombing of last year. For years, Leahy has led bipartisan congressional efforts to protect the Crime Victims Fund, which was established through the 1984 Victims of Crime Act, to provide support for crime victims and their families. The Fund is financed by criminal fines and penalties, not taxpayer dollars.]


“The release of critical Crime Victims Fund reserves to support the victims and families of those affected by the Boston Marathon bombing is a welcome announcement for the many victims who continue to rebuild their lives. The ongoing consequences of a tragedy of this scale are overwhelming and the services this grant will support are priceless.  We are especially reminded of this now, during a difficult economic time when state and local services are stretched and victim services are at a breaking point.

“I have worked with Senators from both political parties to protect the Fund and ensure that its reserves are preserved for just the kinds of tragedies that struck Boston. I remain committed to maintaining that reserve, while also ensuring that sufficient funds are released to those in need.  The Crime Victims Fund represents our commitment to our citizens.  We must protect this vital Fund so that victims can rebuild their lives after unspeakable tragedy.”

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