The new Omnibus bill in Congress includes increased funding of over $200 million for the Department of Justice to be allocated to prosecuting those mentioned in the January 6th Committee indictment referrals.
The House Appropriations Committee revealed how they are dividing their $1.7 trillion omnibus plan by including a $212 million raise for the DOJ “to further support prosecutions related to the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol and domestic terrorism cases.”
In July of this year, the DOJ formally requested that the 2023 budget provide them with $34 million more in funding to support the wide-ranging investigations and prosecutions of the Jan. 6th events.
The July request wrote “The cases are unprecedented in scale and [it] is expected to be among the most complex investigations prosecuted by the Department of Justice,” the DOJ wrote to Congress, claiming the funding was “necessary for the continued prosecutions of the growing number of cases related to this breach of the U.S. Capitol that has left the Department with an immense task of finding and charging those responsible for the attacks.”
Attorney General Merrick Garland backtracked his own department’s request in July of just $34 million implying the DOJ didn’t really need that extra money to help with the Jan. 6th investigation.
“Of course, we’d like more resources, and if Congress wants to give that to us, that would be very nice,” Garland said. “But we have people — prosecutors and agents — from all over the country working on this matter.”
Democrats call this a necessity, “The attack on our Capitol remains an indelible stain on our democracy,” Schumer said Tuesday on the Senate floor. “The omnibus is an aggressive, generous, and far-reaching package.”
Republicans continuously find holes in this all-encompassing bill but with its many issues, the Democrat majority will likely lead to its passing. For this reason, many Republicans made concessions in negotiations to work with Democrats on the spending issue.
The bill is largely defense funding but is also highlighted by more Ukraine support, an $11 billion rise in the FBI’s funding, and more billions dedicated to combating inflation.
The ban of the social media platform TikTok on government owned and operated devices is included in the bill as well.
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