Thursday, March 9, 2023
Budget Proposal to Uphold the Rule of Law, Keep America Safe, Protect Civil Rights
Note: Read the Department of Justice FY2024 Budget Fact Sheets here.
Today, the President submitted to Congress his Budget for Fiscal Year 2024 (FY24), which requests a total of $39.7 billion in discretionary resources, an increase of $2.3 billion, or 6 percent, over the Fiscal Year 2023 enacted level, and $9.7 billion in mandatory funding for the Department of Justice.
“The Justice Department’s mission is to uphold the rule of law, keep our country safe, and protect civil rights,” said Attorney General Merrick B. Garland. “This increase in resources to our law enforcement agencies, U.S. Attorney’s Offices, and litigating and grantmaking components will enable us to build on our efforts to fulfill that mission. The Department will put these resources to work in communities across the country — including to combat violent crime and gun violence, address the deadly fentanyl crisis, counter threats to our national security, investigate and prosecute hate crimes, safeguard voting rights, address environmental harm, advance economic fairness, and uphold the rule of law.”
Key investments to keep our country safe include:
- More than $21 billion in investments to expand the capacity of the Department’s law enforcement and U.S. Attorneys’ Offices to keep our country safe from a wide range of complex and evolving threats, including $11.3 billion for the FBI and $2.9 billion for the U.S. Attorneys’ Offices to carry out their complex mission sets, including keeping our country safe from violent crime, cybercrime, hate crimes, terrorism, espionage, and the proliferation and potential use of weapons of mass destruction. The budget also includes:
- $11.4 billion to tackle violent crime.
- $2.7 billion for the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to continue the fight against dangerous drug trafficking gangs and cartels and to prevent the flow of deadly drugs into our communities. This includes $19 million in enhancements for the DEA and $696 million in grants for the Office of Justice Programs (OJP), and the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) to continue the fight against dangerous drug trafficking organizations, and doubles grant programs, including two new programs aimed at protecting America’s youth and identifying the next generation of psychoactive substances.
- $1.9 billion for the U.S. Marshals Service (USMS) to assist local law enforcement in apprehending violent fugitives from our neighborhoods and to protect our nation’s judges and courts.
- $1.9 billion for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) for reducing gun violence and violent crime.
- Almost $7.7 billion for national security programs, including $32.7 million in program increases to expand the Department’s ability to counter terrorism and keep pace with rising national security threats, while protecting civil rights and civil liberties, and $179.7 million in program enhancements to support the Department’s efforts to respond to cybersecurity and cyber threats.
- $939.3 million to protect the most vulnerable by enforcing human smuggling laws, combating child exploitation, combatting gender-based discrimination and harassment, and protecting victims of violence and abuse.
- $300 million in mandatory funding over three years for COVID fraud enforcement.
- $1.5 billion in critical investments to support the Justice Department’s mission of protecting civil rights, including:
- $261 million to preserve, protect, and defend civil rights. The request prioritizes advancing racial justice, promoting equity for underserved communities, and enforcing civil rights across the Nation. This funding will support police reform, provide for the prosecution of hate crimes across the nation, defend voting rights, and other important civil rights activities.
- $89 million to support the department’s Body Worn Camera Initiative.
- $300 million for the Office of Justice Programs Accelerating Justice System Reform initiative to provide states the tools and incentives to address existing drivers of correctional rates, racial disparities, and adverse outcomes for civilians.
- $446 million for Office on Violence Against Women programs to combat domestic/dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking and support survivors.
- $84 million in critical investments to uphold the Rule of Law, including:
- $8 million to enforce federal law related to voting. This funding would expand the Civil Rights Division’s ability to address language access obligations, rebuild enforcement capacity, and address violations of the National Voter Registration Act. The division will also expand its ability to review and resolve potential violations of the National Voting Rights Act.
- $21 million for Judicial Security and Protective Operations for the United States Marshals Service to enhance protective operations by funding two full-time protective services details to support high-threat mitigation throughout the Judicial and Executive Branches.