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Congressional Republicans have unveiled a new funding bill that would include significant cuts to the Department of Justice and other key agencies.

The details:
The proposed bill allocates $78.29 billion in discretionary spending. This represents a roughly two percent cut, or $1.28 billion, from the fiscal 2024 levels. The bill includes substantial reductions for the Justice Department, with a proposed allocation of $36.53 billion, which is $987.82 million less than fiscal 2024 and $3.06 billion below President Biden’s budget request. The FBI, in particular, would see its budget slashed by 3.5 percent, receiving $10.31 billion, significantly less than the previous year and Biden’s proposal.

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One view:
Conservative lawmakers have targeted the Commerce, Justice, and Science (CJS) appropriations bill in response to the Justice Department’s actions, particularly following former President Trump’s conviction in his Manhattan hush money trial. House Appropriations Committee Chair Tom Cole (R-OK) said, “This bill prioritizes fiscal sanity and the liberties of the American people. It halts the weaponization of the federal government against its citizens and enhances congressional oversight to ensure taxpayer dollars are used responsibly.”

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Another view:
Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT.), the top Democrat on the Appropriations Committee, criticized the bill, arguing that it undermines public safety. “Instead of joining Democrats in decreasing crime and helping Americans feel secure, House Republicans are eliminating law enforcement positions and cutting resources for programs that prevent violence, mass shootings, and terrorist attacks.”


The White House responds:
The White House also condemned the proposed cuts. Senior Deputy Press Secretary Andrew Bates accused Republicans of undermining efforts to combat crime, stating, “Republican officials attempted to defund law enforcement to the benefit of violent criminals and fentanyl traffickers, targeting federal agencies that are critical to stopping gun crime, terrorism, and child trafficking.”


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