Obama Budget for 2014 Would Raise Justice Department, Anti-Gun Spending


Despite widespread calls by Republicans for more federal budget cuts, President Obama today proposed a 3.1 increase in the U.S. Justice Department’s budget for the fiscal year starting October 1. The proposal says that “essential Government programs, including law enforcement, litigation, and prisons and detention, are funded at three percent above 2012 levels.” Reacting to the Newtown, Ct., school massacre, Obama would invest $395 million “in new resources to combat gun violence and ensure that those who are not eligible to purchase or possess guns are prevented from doing so.” Among other highlights cited by the White House are a proposed $93 million in cybersecurity enhancement and $3.5 billion for the Federal Bureau of Investigation and National Security Division anti-terror activities. The budget would increase funding 10 percent above 2012 level for state and local criminal justice assistance. Obama would “couple” the Byrne Justice Assistance and Juvenile Accountability Block Grant programs with competitive incentive funds that provide “bonuses” to states and localities for using their federal money on projects based on scientific evidence. It was not immediately clear how much of the proposed increases might actually go into effect because the current “sequestration” law is cutting federal spending about 5 percent and will continue unless changed by Congress.

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