Mikulski pushes back DoJ budget hearing

Attorney General Alberto Gonzales will not get the chance to address his handling of the Department of Justice before Congress prior to a Judiciary Committee hearing April 17, after Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) postponed a hearing on the DoJ budget.

Mikulski, who chairs the Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies, had scheduled the hearing for April 12 but decided to push it back until after the Judiciary Committee hearing.

“The Justice Department has the very important mission of protecting the nation from terrorism and violent crime,” Mikulski said. “As chairman of the Appropriations subcommittee that funds the agency, I believe it would be very difficult in this environment to give the department’s budget request the attention it deserves until the Senate has examined the department’s leadership failures.”