U.S. Congress Passes $2.1 Billion Capitol Security Funding Bill

The United States Congress on July 29 passed a $2.1 billion legislation that would secure funding for the U.S. Capitol, the National Guard, and other agencies, following the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.

The Senate unanimously approved the emergency supplemental funding bill with a vote of 98 to 0.

Shortly afterwards, the House voted 416 to 11 to pass the bill.

House members who opposed the bill include six Democrats and five Republicans who either have previously said they are against increasing funding for the police or are against increasing government spending.

The bill now heads to President Joe Biden for his signature.

The bill provides nearly $1 billion for Capitol security — $100 million for the Capitol Police, $300 million for increasing Capitol security measures, including upgrading windows and doors and installing new cameras, and $521 million for the National Guard.

The funding for the Capitol Police includes $31.1 million to backfill expected overtime until the department can hire more officers, $4.4 million for wellness and trauma support, $3.3 million for intelligence analysts and technical resources, and $2.6 million for basic riot control equipment.

The legislation also directs $5.8 million for protective details for lawmakers due to the increased threats against them.

The bill also provides nearly $1.1 billion for the special immigrant visa program to help relocate the Afghans who aided the U.S. military as troops have begun withdrawing from Afghanistan.

The bill includes $500 million to evacuate the Afghan allies, $600 million to the State Department for the refugee and migration assistance, and $25 million for the Department of Health and Human Services to assist Afghans in resettling.

The measure came two days after the Jan. 6 select committee investigating the Capitol riot held its first hearing.


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