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LEAHY AMENDMENT NO. 1198 (Senate - May 25, 1995)
[Page: S7553]
    

(Ordered to lie on the table.)

Mr. LEAHY submitted an amendment to the bill (S. 735) to prevent and punish acts of terrorism, and for other purposes; as follows:

At the end of title IX, add the following new title:

TITLE X--VICTIMS OF TERRORISM ACT

SEC. 1001. TITLE.

This title may be cited as the `Victims of Terrorism Act of 1995'.

SEC. 1002. AUTHORITY TO PROVIDE ASSISTANCE AND COMPENSATION TO VICTIMS OF TERRORISM.

The Victims of Crime Act of 1984 (42 U.S.C. 10601 et seq.) is amended by inserting after section 1404A the following new section:

`SEC. 1404B COMPENSATION AND ASSISTANCE TO VICTIMS OF TERRORISM.

`(a) Victims of Acts of Terrorism Outside the United States: The Director may make supplemental grants to States and may provide compensation and assistance to any resident of the United States who, while outside the territorial boundaries of the United States, is a victim of a terrorist act and is not a person eligible for compensation under title VIII of the Omnibus Diplomatic Security and Antiterrorism Act of 1986.

`(b) Victims of Domestic Terrorism: The Director may make supplemental grants to States for eligible crime victim compensation and assistance programs to provide emergency relief, assistance, training, and technical assistance for the benefit of victims of terrorist acts occurring within the United States.'.

SEC. 1003. FUNDING OF COMPENSATION AND ASSISTANCE TO VICTIMS OF TERRORISM AND CRIME.

(a) Reservation: Section 1402 of the Victims of Crime Act of 1984 (42 U.S.C. 10601) is amended--

(1) in subsection (d), by adding at the end the following new paragraph:

`(5) After the reserve under paragraph (4) reaches $20,000,000 for any fiscal year, the Director may reserve any additional amount deposited in
the Fund during that fiscal year as a reserve for victims of terrorist acts under section 1404B.'; and

(2) by amending subsection (e) to read as follows:

`(e) Amounts Awarded and Unspent.--Any amount awarded as part of a grant under this chapter that remains unspent at the end of a fiscal year in which the grant is made may be expended for the purpose for which the grant is made at any time during the 2 succeeding fiscal years, at the end of which period, any remaining unobligated sums shall be returned to the Fund.'

(b) Base Amount.--Section 1404(a)(5)(B) of such Act (42 U.S.C. 10603(a)(5)(B)) is amended by striking `$200,000' and inserting `$500,000'.

SEC. 1004. PAYMENTS INTO CRIME VICTIMS FUND.

Section 3013 of title 18, United States Code, is amended to read as follows:

`3013. Special assessment on convicted persons

`(a) The court shall assess on any person convicted of an offense against the United States--

`(1) in the case of a misdemeanor--

`(A) not less than $50 if the defendant is an individual; and

`(B) not less than $250 if the defendant is a person other than an individual; or

`(2) in the case of a felony--

`(A) not less than $100 if the defendant is an individual; or

`(B) not less than $500 if the defendant is a person other than an individual.

`(b) Amounts assessed under this section shall be collected in the same manner as fines are collected in criminal cases.'.

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