CHAIRMAN BISHOP BACKS EMERGENCY SECURITY SUPPLEMENTAL APPROPRIATIONS BILL
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (D-GA-02), Chairman of the U.S. House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies, released the following statement regarding the passage of H.R. 3237, the Emergency Security Supplemental to Respond to January 6th Appropriations Act, by the full U.S. House of Representatives by a vote of 213-212:
“Following the insurrection on January 6, it was imperative that we develop a robust and extensive response to protect those in and around the U.S. Capitol and ensure that our law enforcement agencies are equipped with the vital resources needed to prevent, and if necessary, respond to such attacks. I am pleased with this vital funding package, which bolsters security to protect the U.S. Capitol, Members of Congress, employees, and visitors and helps to ensure safe Congressional operations.”
Among its many provisions, the legislation:
Responds to January 6. 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.
Protects Facilities, Members, Employees, and Visitors. 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.
Provides for Safe and Healthy Congressional Operations. The legislation provides funding for reimbursements and the response to ensure safe and healthy Congressional operations throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Funding for Legislative Branch COVID-19 needs was not included in recent legislation.
The emergency security supplemental contains funding in the jurisdiction of six Appropriations Subcommittees: Legislative Branch; Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies; Defense; Financial Services and General Government; Homeland Security; and Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies.