Dems propose to boost DOJ funding by $41M

Senate Democrats unveiled a proposal Thursday to allocate an additional $41 million to Department of Justice (DOJ) programs that work to prevent bias-motivated attacks and discrimination following the mass shooting in Orlando on Sunday.

The Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act calls for an additional $30 million for the DOJ’s Civil Rights Division (CRT) and $11 million for the Community Relations Service (CRS).

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Sen. Tammy BaldwinTammy Suzanne BaldwinOvernight Health Care: Poll finds most Americans misunderstand scope of 'Medicare for All' | Planned Parenthood chief readies for 2020 | Drugmakers' lawsuit ramps up fight with Trump Overnight Health Care: Poll finds most Americans misunderstand scope of 'Medicare for All' | Planned Parenthood chief readies for 2020 | Drugmakers' lawsuit ramps up fight with Trump Valedictorian says he was not allowed to use graduation speech to come out as gay MORE (D-Wis.), who introduced the bill with Sens. Barbara MikulskiBarbara Ann MikulskiLobbying World Only four Dem senators have endorsed 2020 candidates Only four Dem senators have endorsed 2020 candidates MORE (D-Md.) and Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii), called the mass shooting at the gay nightclub in Orlando on Sunday night a “cold reminder” that hate crimes are too common in America.

“We must have the courage to stand up, speak out and act,” she said in a statement. “When we turn a blind eye to intolerance and discrimination against any community or group we allow the things that fuel hate crimes to go unchecked. We must do more.”

The additional funding would allow the CRT to hire another 100 attorneys to focus on enforcing federal civil rights and hate crime laws and the CRS to hire 10 new mediation specialists.

The CRS helps state and local officials find solutions in places where tensions exist or hate crimes have occurred.

The Democrats' proposal, which increases DOJ funding by $197.4 million over fiscal 2016, comes on the heels of a 15-hour filibuster Democrats — led by Sen. Chris MurphyChristopher (Chris) Scott MurphyOvernight Defense: Shanahan exit shocks Washington | Pentagon left rudderless | Lawmakers want answers on Mideast troop deployment | Senate could vote on Saudi arms deal this week | Pompeo says Trump doesn't want war with Iran Senators demand Trump explain decision to deploy troops amid Iran tensions Senators demand Trump explain decision to deploy troops amid Iran tensions MORE (D-Conn.) — waged to protest Congress’s inaction on gun control.