Despite recently disclosed information that the government agency conspired with Twitter to block users, Republicans are reportedly now ready to approve a large budget measure that contains billions in funding for the FBI.
According to a description of the measure by the House Appropriations Committee, the law allocated $11.33 billion for the FBI “to investigate extremist violence and domestic terrorism.”
According to reports, the amount is $524 million higher than what the president asked and $569.6 million higher than the levels that were adopted for the 2022 fiscal year.
Between October 2019 and February 2021, the staff at Twitter reportedly received $3.5 million in compensation from the FBI as payment for handling the agency’s requests.
This information was made public as part of Elon Musk’s ongoing “Twitter Files” series, which has exposed Twitter’s role in user repression.
The documents also showed that the FBI was friendly with Twitter employees and had a hand in preventing the New York Post from publishing an item on Hunter Biden’s laptop before the 2020 presidential election.
Additionally, Twitter was notified by the FBI to take down a number of particular posts.
According to the records, Twitter also employed former FBI agents.
The $2.63 billion authorized under the law is $212.1 million higher than what was planned for FY 2022.
To boost its responses to gun violence, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) will receive $1.75 billion, a significant increase of $215.9 million above the amount authorized for FY 2022.