Rep. Maloney Votes to Pass Bill to Better Secure Capitol Following January 6th

May 20, 2021
Press Release

Washington, DC — Today, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) voted to pass H.R.3237, the Emergency Security Supplemental to Respond to January 6th Appropriations Act. The bill authorizes $1.9 billion in funding to respond to the tragic events of the January 6th insurrection. Informed by the recommendations of the task force led by Lieutenant General (Retired) Russel L. Honoré, the legislation will secure the safety of the Capitol, protect facilities, Members, employees, and visitors going forward, and provide for safe and healthy Congressional operations.

 

“The January 6 insurrection caused tragic loss of life and many injuries, while leaving behind widespread physical damage to the Capitol Complex and emotional trauma for Members, Congressional employees, and the Capitol Police,” said Rep. Maloney. “This emergency supplemental funding addresses the direct costs of the insurrection and strengthens Capitol security for the future.  This need is urgent, and I am urging my colleagues in the Senate to move this bill forward so that we can better protect the Capitol and those who work and visit here.”

 

BACKGROUND

H.R.3237, the Emergency Security Supplemental to Respond to January 6th Appropriations Act:

 

The legislation responds to the direct costs incurred by the violent attack on the Capitol, including by:

  • Reimbursing the National Guard and the District of Columbia, and other federal agencies for their response and subsequent presence at the Capitol.
  • Supporting the Capitol Police with overtime pay, retention bonuses, equipment replacement, and wellness and trauma support.
  • Prosecuting the hundreds of perpetrators who attacked law enforcement and defiled our temple of democracy.

 

Informed by the Capitol Security Review, the legislation strengthens security, including by:

  • Improving security by hardening windows and doors, constructing security screening vestibules, and installing new cameras.
  • Creating a dedicated Quick Reaction Force to augment the Capitol Police in cases of emergency.
  • Bolstering security for Members of Congress, as well as for federal judges – many of whom are presiding over trials of January 6 insurrectionists.
  • Providing specialized training, riot control equipment and body cameras for the Capitol Police.

 

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