Calif. AG lobbies feds for law enforcement money

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California State Attorney General Kamala Harris

California State Attorney General Kamala Harris (AP Photo)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Attorney General Kamala Harris is in Washington to lobby Congress and the Justice Department for more money to hire state and local law enforcement officers.

Harris’ effort on Wednesday comes just two days before automatic federal spending cuts are set to take effect unless Congress and the White House reach a compromise.

The Democrat, in her first term as California’s top law enforcement official, says certain funding should be a priority even if the federal budget is cut. That includes programs that pay for hiring local police and state anti-drug agents, who also play a role in tracking international drug-smuggling cartels.

Last year, California received $58 million through federal programs. Without action on the spending cuts, federal agencies are anticipating reductions of between 5 percent and 10 percent.

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