Trump's New Budget Slashes Funding for Arts, Women's Safety and Civil RightsFriday, January 20, 2017By Kali Holloway, AlterNet | Report
That the department's Civil Rights Division would face cuts is hardly a shock. Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., Trump's nominee to head Justice, has expressed skepticism or outright hostility towards two of the division's signature tasks: policing the police and prosecuting hate crimes. But some of the other cuts are surprising. Victims' rights groups thought they had identified a champion in Sessions, and yet the Violence Against Women grants slated for elimination go largely to support victims of domestic violence. Both Sessions and Trump have been outspoken defenders of the nation's police, yet the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, or COPS, is a primary source of funding for officers' salaries and equipment in departments nationwide.