Statement of Attorney General William P. Barr
Before the Subcommittee on
Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies
Committee on Appropriations
United States House of Representatives
April 9, 2019
Good morning, Chairman Serrano, Ranking Member Aderholt, and other distinguished
Members of the Subcommittee. I am honored to appear before you today to present the
President’s fiscal year (FY) 2020 budget for the Department of Justice. I am joined here by the
Department’s Chief Financial Officer: Assistant Attorney General for Administration Lee
Lofthus. Let me start by thanking you for your strong support of the Department in the recently
enacted FY 2019 Omnibus Appropriations Act.
President Trump’s FY 2020 Budget proposal totals .2 billion for the Department of
Justice to support federal law enforcement and the public safety priorities of our state, local, and
tribal law enforcement partners. The request reflects a commitment to the Department’s
priorities of reducing violent crime, enforcing the nation’s immigration laws, combating the
opioid epidemic, and addressing national security threats to this great nation.
First, the Department of Justice is working hard every day to combat violent crime.
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) statistics show that, in 2015 and 2016, the United States
experienced the largest increases in violent crime in a quarter-century.1
The Administration has
prioritized reversing that trend. In 2017 and 2018, the Department revitalized federal efforts to
fight violent crime, including the launch of the enhanced Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN)
initiative, which brings together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to
develop effective, locally based strategies to reduce violent crime. In FY 2018, the Department
prosecuted the greatest number of violent criminals in at least 25 years, thanks to the necessary
resources provided by this Committee and Congress. Since 2016, violent crime has decreased.
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US Attorney General William Barr testifies on Justice Department budget to Senate subcommittee, where Mueller report questions will likely come up.
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