Sen. Charles Schumer And Bomb-Sniffing Dog

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Schumer Howls At TSA Plan To Cut Bomb-Sniffing Dogs From Budget

April 15, 2018 - 2:00 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-New York) is growling at a proposal to cut some of the bomb-sniffing dogs servicing New York City.

As WCBS 880’s Mike Sugerman reported Sunday, the federal government is talking about laying off some workers of the four-legged variety, and it is a bone of contention for Schumer.

"You're barking up the wrong tree,” Schumer said.

Some of the bomb-sniffing dogs are assigned to Penn Station, where they sniffing out possible bombs and suspects.

The head of the Transportation Security Administration said on Capitol Hill hearings last week that the dogs assigned to the Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response, or VIPR, team may no longer be needed.

Schumer said it is a rough assessment.

"The dogs are able to things that nothing else man, machine or anything else can do," he said.

TSA Administrator David Pekoske proposed that local governments such as New York City, pick up the tab if they still want the dogs.