UPDATED 7:17 AM PT – Wednesday, May 5, 2021
Attorney General Merrick Garland is putting his focus on domestic terror when it comes to the Justice Department’s budget. On Tuesday, he told the members of the House Appropriations Subcommittee that the DOJ needs an additional $85 million over last year’s budget.
Garland said the budget bump would include $45 million to be delegated to FBI domestic terrorism investigations and $40 million for U.S. attorneys to manage increasing domestic terrorism caseloads. The attorney general argued that the threat of a terror attacks on U.S. soil is what keeps him up at night.
“So we have an emerging and accelerating threat and the department is putting its resources into defending the country with respect to both,” Garland stated. “Needless to say, this is an all of government problem and not all of government solution. The Department of Homeland Security (is) extraordinarily important in these areas.”
The Justice Department plays a fundamental role in protecting the American people and defending their civil rights. Watch @AppropsDems today at 10 AM as we hear from Attorney General Merrick Garland on the @TheJusticeDept’s budget: https://t.co/picS2fVuKa
— Rep. David Trone (@RepDavidTrone) May 4, 2021
Garland asked the House lawmakers to support this year’s budget request as the Justice Department works to ensure adherence to the rule of law, protection and public safety and equal justice for all Americans.