Oklahoma Republican Sen. Tom Coburn is demanding details from the Department of Justice about the agency's spending on, among other things, employee conferences under sequestration.
In a letter obtained by Yahoo News that was sent to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder on Wednesday, Coburn pointed to the DOJ's history of spending on conferences over the past few years—$58 million in fiscal year 2012, $90 million in 2010 and $47.8 million in 2008—and requested information on how much the agency plans to spend this year.
In February, Holder warned that sequestration, which took effect in March and cut $1.6 billion from the DOJ budget, would put Americans at risk because of possible personnel furloughs.
"This is something that is going to have an impact on the safety of this country," Holder told ABC News in February, during a discussion about the effect of sequestration. "And anybody that says otherwise is either lying or saying something that runs contrary to the facts."
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