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Congressional Budget Deal Includes Unfortunate Increase in OCR’s Budget - FIRE
Until the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) stops infringing on the First Amendment and rolling back due process protections, the agency should not receive any budget increases. Tomorrow, the House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on the omnibus spending bill to authorize federal appropriations for the new year. In a disappointing development, buried in the text of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2016 is an appropriation for OCR in the amount of $107 million—a $5 million increase from last year’s budget of $102 million. FIRE has long criticized OCR for mandating that institutions of higher education …