WASHINGTON (CNN) - Requests for more resources to combat terrorism and financial fraud pushed proposed spending for the Justice Department up 3.5 percent to a record $26.5 billion in the president's budget plan, administration officials said Thursday.
Much of the increase would go to the FBI to support the detection and disruption of terrorists, counterintelligence, cybersecurity and other national security threats.
The budget blueprint proposes an increase of $425 million for FBI "enhancements" that are not identified. Justice and FBI officials said the details have not yet been sorted out, the officials said.
The overall FBI budget proposal jumps to $8 billion from the current $7.2 billion.
Concern about financial fraud prompted assurances the administration will seek "additional FBI agents to investigate mortgage fraud and corporate crime, and for additional federal prosecutors, civil litigators, and bankruptcy attorneys to protect investors, the integrity of the market, and the federal government's investment of resources in the nation's financial recovery," the officials said.
No manpower or dollar figures were attached to the commitment.
The Obama administration also plans to revitalize the Clinton administration's COPS program, which funds the salaries of newly hired local police officers for the first few years. The program, popular with many mayors and police departments, was sharply curtailed by the Bush administration.
The new budget outline suggests the unspecified funding could begin a process that would lead to hiring 50,000 police officers over a period of several years.
Who needs terrorists when we have the GOP?
This is a good place for money to be kept "secure." Paying those who keep us safe.
I hope they get rid of all of the employees at the Justice Department who were selected based on ideological litmus tests and fill those positions with qualified people who will work diligently to enforce our laws.
I especially hope the Justice Department is successful in ferreting out the criminals behind the economic meltdown we are currently experiencing – and prosecute and punish the convicted to the absolute fullest extent of the law. Those convicted should be made to serve enough time and pay enough restitution to give serious pause to anyone in the future even THINKING about trying to steal from the American people again!
Please...I beg you, PLEASE suppport our veterens.
I'm a convicted felon and I get more state and government support than our veterens!!!!!