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Schumer: Don't Cut Funding To Fight Heroin Trafficking

Senator Chuck Schumer

Sen. Charles Schumer says Congress should reject President Barack Obama's plan to cut funding for a program that targets high-intensity drug trafficking.

The New York Democrat says Obama's proposal to cut more than $50 million from the program would set back efforts to fight heroin abuse.

Schumer says the spread of dangerous opiates shows the need to boost funding for the initiative.

The High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas program teams federal law enforcement with local police in designated areas.

Schumer says he'd like to see a $100 million increase.

There are now 28 such areas in 46 states.

In New York, the designated areas include the New York City metropolitan area. They also include some counties along the Hudson River and upstate.

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