- Associated Press - Thursday, December 11, 2014

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Vermont U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy is hailing a tripling in federal funding for crime victims and their families.

The crime victims’ fund had been capped at $745 million, but Leahy pressed for more of the money that’s collected in fines and court assessments to be distributed to crime victims and programs supporting them.

Under an agreement this week between Senate and House budget negotiators, the cap will be lifted to $2.3 billion, three times its current level.

Among the programs that get money from the fund are the Vermont Center for Crime Victims Services and the Vermont Network Against Domestic and Sexual Violence.

Leahy says he’s been working for years to strengthen the crime victims’ fund.

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