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Schumer Pushes Witness Protection Bill

By Mark Scott

Buffalo, NY – Senator Charles Schumer appeared in Buffalo Monday to continue his push for federal funding to help pay for some witness protection in local criminal cases.

Schumer wants to grant $90 million to local law enforcement agencies across the nation. The money would be used for protection programs for witnesses who testify in gang violence cases.

Erie County District Attorney Frank Clark says providing such protection can be a challenge.

"The first question out of a witness' mouth is what are you doing to do for me. I can't stay in the house," Clark said. "Sadly enough, our response to what can we do for you is virtually nothing."

Senator Schumer says his proposal has bi-partisan support and he's confident it will receive congressional approval by the end of June.