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FBI: Spending Cuts will Hamper Counterintelligence, Investigations

Speaker Johnson touted funding reduction to law enforcement agencies in the latest appropriations package. (Click image for article.)
UNITED STATES - MARCH 6: Speaker of the House Mike Johnson, R-La., conducts a news conference with members of the House Republican Conference in Cannon building on Wednesday, March 6, 2024, ahead of Thursday’s State of the Union address. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Photo: Speaker Mike Johnson, R-La., conducts a news conference with members of the House Republican Conference in the Cannon House Office Building on Wednesday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

 

The FBI warned that funding cuts in a fiscal 2024 spending package would hamper counterintelligence activities and the ability to investigate human trafficking and crimes against children, as House Republicans this week touted funding reductions for federal law enforcement agencies.

House conservatives now have something to show in their monthslong push to slash funding at the FBI, Justice Department and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, citing political bias within the agencies and criticism of policies.

Speaker Mike Johnson, R-La., pointed to a 6 percent cut for the FBI at a news conference Wednesday, indicating the FBI and other entities are “really overreaching” and “have been turned in some ways against the American people.”

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