Goodlatte Focuses On Justice Department Waste as Obama Issues New Budget


With the Obama administration releasing its budget proposal today for the next fiscal year, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) is holding a hearing on what he calls “wasteful spending” at the Justice Department, arguing in an op-ed for Politico that “ominous threats” by Attorney General Eric Holder of spending cuts “are part of a scare-tactic narrative to promote the Obama administration's political agenda.” Goodlatte focuses on $165 million to purchase a prison in Illinois, the FBI’s “Investigative Publicity and Public Affairs Unit” and “$600,000 in event-planner costs for five conferences.” Goodlatte also targets anticrime grants, saying the DOJ Inspector General said that the Hartford Police Department used $10,000 of its grant funding for a pizza party and plaques, and cites a 2012 Government Accountability Office report that there are 56 programs that provide federal funds to victim assistance and research; 41 that provide technology for forensics; 33 that provide funds for juvenile justice; 23 that provide funds for enhanced policing; 21 that provide funds to assist courts; 20 that provide funds for correction and re-entry; and 17 that provide funds for community crime and prevention.

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