BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy says he wants to invest federal funds into supporting cities struggling with rising crime.

Cassidy referred to the violence as “senseless” and says he plans to introduce a bill designed to ease the backlog at the state’s crime lab.

“We need to get rid of the backlog at the crime lab, so the prosecutors have the info they need to put people behind bars,” said Cassidy.

The legislation also would encourage more federal law enforcement agents to live in cities where crime statistics indicate a need for increased law enforcement. Incentives such as increased pay might draw these agents to cities like Baton Rouge and New Orleans.

At the close of 2022, New Orleans saw its highest murder rate in decades. While Baton Rouge has seen some improvement, the crime rate is still comparatively high.