Vice President Biden makes brief remarks to the press at the beginning of a meeting with Attorney General Eric Holder. / Chip Somodevilla, Getty Images
WASHINGTON-Vice President Biden and Attorney General Eric Holder urged Congress Wednesday to approve a $35 million grant program to reduce a persistent backlog of untested rape kits that have languished in local police department evidence rooms and crime laboratories.
The program, included in the Obama administration's 2015 budget proposal, would help "bring the ultimate nightmare of a woman to an end,'' Biden said. "It's incredibly important.''
Cities and states have acknowledged in recent years that thousands of the evidence kits in rape investigations have gone untested, likely forfeiting opportunities to recover crucial DNA evidence that could help solve pending sexual assault crimes.
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