Bush budget ups DOJ anti-terror funding but chops law enforcement Liza Hall at 12:44 PM ET
[JURIST] The White House's proposed 2006 budget of $2.5 trillion released Monday allocates $18.7 billion for the Department of Justice. Among the key changes in the DOJ budget: a 19% increase in anti-terrorism funding, a moratorium on new Bureau of Prisons construction, and a reallocation to restore "drug war" staffing to its pre-September 11th level. Additionally, the White House has proposed a 7.8 percent increase in the IRS funds for tax enforcement [Reuters report]. "The increase will provide additional resources to examine more tax returns, collect past due taxes and investigate cases of tax evasion," the Treasury Department said in a statement on Monday. [press release]. The proposed budget would also slice law enforcement grants [ABC report] to states from $2.8 billion to $1.5 billion. The White House has a summary of changes in DOJ funding and an overall budget overview.
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