The Senate approvedÂ legislation today that would fund the Justice Department for fiscal year 2010, clearing the measure for President Barack Obamaâ€™s expected signature.
The $28 billion DOJ budget is part of the Commerce, Justice, science appropriations bill, which was packaged with five other fiscal year 2010 spending bills to make the Consolidated Appropriations Act 2010.
Democrats ended a filibuster of the spending bill Saturday, garnering the 60 votes needed to cut off debate by holding the tally open for ailing Sen. Robert Byrd (D-W.Va.) and Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.), an observant Jew who walked from his Georgetown synagogue for the vote, The Washington Post reported.
Obama requested $27 billion for DOJ. The departmentâ€™s funding is up $2 billion from fiscal year 2009, when it received $26 billion.