After some House Republicans demanded further cuts in the current appropriations funding the federal government’s operation, the House Appropriations Committee issued a proposal calling for even deeper cuts in criminal justice programs and federal agencies across the board. Among the new proposals are a $581.3 million reduction in state and local law enforcement grant programs, $191 million from juvenile justice aid, and elimination of the COPS hiring program and the Weed and Seed program.
The proposal apparently will be sent to the House floor early in the week of February 14, just when the Obama administration is issuing its budget proposal for the fiscal year starting Oct. 1. The House committee proposal is subject to amendment on the House floor and consideration by the Senate, so it is far from clear that any of the cuts sought by House Republicans will occur. The current “continuing resolution” keeping the federal government in operation expires in early March, but it is not certain that the new proposal can make its way through the congressional process by then.