GOP Obstructionism Is Holding Up Funds to Catch Rapists

Erika Eichelberger writes for Mother Jones: “For weeks, Republicans in the Senate have held up an $180 billion spending bill that would direct money to several federal agencies… [including] a $41 million grant to help states and localities go after rapists by funding jurisdictions to process backlogs of rape kits, the samplings of biological evidence that are taken after a sexual assault and used to identify attackers. The kits, which contain semen, blood, saliva, hair, and other DNA evidence from rape victims, can be held in storage for decades, allowing rapists to roam free. Experts estimate that there are over 100,000 untested kits sitting on shelves at scores of police departments and crime lab storage facilities around the country, partly because states and localities lack the money needed to process them.”