Democrats Say GOP Budget Cuts Would Gut Law Enforcement
By Stephanie Woodrow | January 21, 2022 1:08 pm

Democrats are challenging House conservatives who are calling for deep federal budget cuts to imagine what the reductions would do to parts of the Justice Department.

Rolling back federal discretionary spending to 2006 levels would mean firing 4,000 FBI agents, 1,500 Drug Enforcement Administration agents and 5,700 correctional officers from the Federal Bureau of Prisons, according to Democratic estimates reported by the Washington Post.

Members of a group of House conservatives called the Republican Study Committee on Thursday said Republicans must keep their campaign pledge to immediately cut at least $100 billion from non-defense spending, which would return spending to 2008 levels. They also are demanding additional cuts to 2006 levels.

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