McConnell pushes for quicker DNA testing to speed up prosecution

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by Associated Press/WHAS11

Associated Press

Posted on August 12, 2014 at 4:20 PM

Updated Tuesday, Aug 12 at 7:15 PM

   LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Kentucky Republican Mitch McConnell is urging his Senate colleagues to finish work on legislation aimed at processing rape kits more quickly.
 
   The Senate's top Republican made the pitch Tuesday alongside a national advocate for sexual assault victims.
 
   Efforts to reauthorize the law have been bogged down by attempts to attach other provisions to it.
 
   The law funnels funding to crime labs to reduce the backlog of untested rape kits. It expires at the end of September without congressional action.
 
   Women's issues have been prominent in McConnell's campaign for a sixth term.
 
   Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes says McConnell is insensitive to women's issues. She says he voted against reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act. McConnell says he has always supported its purpose but has opposed some amendments to the law.

Grimes' campaign aruges that McConnell has actually blocked funding that would address the testing backlog. A check of the legislative record shows that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Democrat, rufuses to bring the act to the floor of the Senate for a vote. 

Reid wants the Senate to include the funding in a much larger bill without amendments favored by Republicans. 





 

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