By Carrie Johnson
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, February 1, 2010; 2:59 PM
The FBI would get an additional $219 million to boost its national security efforts and the Justice Department's National Security Division would receive $8 million more to protect against terrorist threats and cyber attacks, according to President Obama's proposed budget.
Overall national security spending by the Justice Department would increase $300 million, according to the proposal.
The White House is also allotting $73 million for the transfer and prosecution of nearly 200 detainees remaining at the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, which the president has pledged to close.
The plan represents a significant increase in national security spending but also reflects some traditional law and order priorities. The budget provides $538 million to support women who have been victims of domestic abuse or sexual assault, an increase of $120 million over last year; $133 million for programs to help prisoners reenter their communities; and $19 million for the FBI to hire 45 new agents to combat crime on American Indian reservations.
Overall, the Justice Department budget for the next fiscal year amounts to $29.2 billion, an increase of more than 5 percent over the previous year.
For the full budget request, click here.