07/03/2011

Senators request JAG grant funding to help fight crime

A group of 39 senators is asking a Senate appropriations subcommittee to retain the Byrne JAG grant funds

By David Lester
The Yakima Herald-Republic

YAKIMA, Wash. — A bipartisan group of U.S. senators, including Sen. Maria Cantwell, is urging continued federal funding for crime-fighting efforts across the country, including money to fight drug activity in the Yakima Valley.

A group of 39 senators is asking a Senate appropriations subcommittee to retain what is known as the Byrne JAG grant funds, which earmarked more than $93,000 in direct federal funding for the local Law Enforcement Against Drugs (LEAD) task force in fiscal year 2010.

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