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Senate passes $2.1 billion aid bill for Capitol security and Afghan refugees

Jennifer Shutt, CQ-Roll Call on

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Under the Senate bill, Capitol Police would receive $70.7 million for salaries, equipment and other expenses related to the insurrection by pro-Trump rioters. That’s somewhat higher than the $61.9 million in funding for various Capitol Police accounts House Democrats put in their bill.

Before the vote began, Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., said he hoped the vote to approve the package would be unanimous to show support for the Capitol Police.

“It’s hard for me to believe that any member would not want to support the Capitol Police,” Schumer said. “For members to take umbrage at the Capitol Police when they did their job and protected us, for some kind of crazy ideological reason, would be disgraceful.”

The Architect of the Capitol would get $300 million to bolster windows and doors throughout the complex and to install new security cameras, much less than the $569.7 million they would have received under the House bill.

The Senate package would appropriate $42.1 million to address the ongoing costs of COVID-19 throughout the Capitol complex, much less than the more than $155.1 million in the House version.

 

The House-passed package also included $39.5 million to help prosecute the people charged with crimes for attacking Congress in an attempt to halt the certification of the Electoral College. That funding would have provided $34 million to U.S. attorneys, $3.8 million to the Justice Department’s criminal division and $1.7 million to its national security division.

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(Chris Cioffi and Lindsey McPherson contributed to this report.)

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