State and Local Aid Down, FBI and Prisons Up in GOP Budget Plan


U.S. House appropriators would cut the Justice Department budget by about $1 billion under the proposal released today for the fiscal year starting October 1. Overall, appropriations would decrease from about $27.4 billion to $26.35 billion. The largest single area of cuts would be in the category of “state and local law enforcement activities,” from about $2.8 billion to $1.75 billion. The FBI and Bureau of Prisons, the largest components of the Justice Department by budget, both would get small increases.

The proposal was issued by the House Appropriations Committee on Commerce, Justice and Science, which is meeting tomorrow to consider the bill. The measure could still be changed by the full Appropriations Committee, the full House, and the Senate, but the proposal is the first tangible indication of how Republicans now controlling the House would shift spending in the Justice Department.

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