House Appropriators Would Cut DOJ Budget as Congress Seeks Savings


In an era of fewer federal dollars, the House subcommittee funding the Justice Department proposes to give the agency 3 percent less in the year starting October 1. The panel would provide a bit more to the FBI, partly for what Chairman Frank Wolf (R-VA) says would be “a significant focus on expanding the FBI’s cybersecurity efforts.” The U.S. Bureau of Prisons would get $110 million less, but the bureau still would consume nearly $7 billion of the department’s $26.3 billion budget. The committee’s proposal would reduce federal grants to states and localities by $357 million. It includes $55 million to improve the criminal background check system for gun purchases. A first look at the bill indicates that there may be cuts in aid to programs on juvenile justice, prisoner re-entry, and drug courts. It includes $25 million for “justice reinvestment” an $1 million for a “task force on federal corrections” that Wolf has favored. The bill is being considered today by the subcommittee. It is subject to many revisions as Congress goes through the annual appropriations process.

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