Justice Dept. set for 5.4 percent increase

Feb. 1, 2010 at 2:22 PM
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WASHINGTON, Feb. 1 (UPI) -- The U.S. Department of Justice would see a 5.4 increase in funding under President Barack Obama's budget proposals, officials said Monday.

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said in a statement that the administration's 2011 DOJ budget request of $29.2 billion "demonstrates a strong commitment to protect America and ensure the safety, security and rights of its citizens."

Among its provisions is a $300 million bump in counterterrorism spending -- a five percent increase in such funding and a nine percent boost in intelligence resources over the FY 2010 levels, Holder said.

Overall, the budget request dedicates 15 percent of the department's total discretionary spending authority to national security efforts.

Holder vowed to "be aggressive in our fight against global terrorism while maintaining our collective vigilance in fighting crime and enforcing civil rights and the rule of law."

Some $96.8 million in new spending has been earmarked for prosecuting for economic fraud, a 23 percent increase over the FY 2010 level. Holder said the increase will go to pursue activities such as mortgage fraud.

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