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Cummings, Cardin push for local witness protection programs

Representative Elijah Cummings, Democrat of Maryland and Ranking Member on the House Select Committee on Benghazi, speaks to the media as Huma Abedin, longtime aide to former US Secretary of State and Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton, speaks to the Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, October 16, 2015.
Representative Elijah Cummings, Democrat of Maryland and Ranking Member on the House Select Committee on Benghazi, speaks to the media as Huma Abedin, longtime aide to former US Secretary of State and Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton, speaks to the Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, October 16, 2015. (SAUL LOEB / AFP/Getty Images)

A pair of Maryland Democrats introduced legislation Wednesday to create short-term, locally based witness protection programs for cases involving homicides and other violent crimes.

The measure would set aside $150 million in federal grants to establish the programs. Witness intimidation has long been an issue in the Baltimore City judicial system.

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"With the spikes in homicides we've been seeing this year in major cities like Baltimore, securing the safe cooperation of witnesses is more crucial now than ever," said Baltimore Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, who introduced the measure with Sen. Ben Cardin of Maryland. "Without witnesses who feel safe working with police officers, the wheels of justice will come to a screeching halt."

Similar legislation has failed to gain traction in the past.

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