Senate Appropriations Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) – who first identified the lack of funding in June – issued yet another warning Friday afternoon. The Vermont Democrat said salaries for Capitol police will be exhausted next month, and the National Guard will have to cut training absent from congressional action.
The moment marks the latest insecurity for the Capitol Police, which has seen dozens of officers leave or retire after the Jan. 6 pro-Trump uprising that wounded many respondents and played a role in one’s death. Another officer was killed in an independent car attack in April. In a further complication, the Capitol begins to lower its internal security fences, establishing a state of normality but also vulnerability to a building that prides itself on being open to the public.
The increased bipartisan rate in the Senate to cough up emergency cash to cover the economic forces of both forces comes after Parliament passed a $ 1
“The House has taken steps to avert this election by giving the emergency grant the equivalent of January 6,” said House Grant President Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) And rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio), overseeing Capitol spending. “The solution lies in the Senate. It’s time for the Senate to come to the table, honor the Capitol Police victim and quickly pass the emergency grant. ”
Senate Republicans have proposed a smaller bill of about $ 632 million, which may have an easier time attracting GOP support than the House bill. GOP legislators would give roughly the same amount to National Guard and Capitol Police Police salaries, while allocating far less funding to Capitol’s Architect.
Unlike House Democrats, the Senate Republicans bill would not provide any funds to the Library of Congress, National Park Service, or U.S. Secret Service.
In a statement late Friday night, Leahy praised the Republicans for making “an offer that resolves the current funding shortfalls at the National Guard and the Capitol Police.”
“Unfortunately, it is impossible to budget for a violent uprising, and the Republican proposal simply does not provide the necessary resources to adequately secure the Capitol complex,” he said.
House subsidies have so far proposed $ 603.9 million to the Capitol Police or a 17 percent boost above the current level in their annual expense bills. But all the money through a state funding deal will come way too late, with federal cash due to dry up by midnight on September 30, and Congress is unlikely to act in advance before the deadline.
The Capitol Police funding crisis comes in a very busy July and August, which includes the Democrats’ plan to pass a budget decision with trillions in new spending as well as possible consideration of a two-party infrastructure bill. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer warned Friday about long nights, weekends and possible work into the scheduled August deadline.
But it would be hard to imagine Congress falling short, leaving the Capitol Police underfunded after such a brutal year. The unit has already “exceeded their expected overtime due to activities” in connection with the January 6 uprising, Leahy said Friday.
“We did not budget for an uprising, and without action, the Capitol Police go unpaid for the hours of overtime they have had, without proper equipment and without adequate mental health care to deal with the continuing trauma of that day,” he said. said. “The National Guard, which poured into the Capitol from each state, may now have to cut back on training they need to prepare for overseas broadcasts or responses at home.”
Shelby supports legislation to meet the immediate needs of police and National Guards, as lawmakers continue to assess cash for other security issues, an aide said.
In a statement, the Capitol Police said it is doing what it can to maintain operations and build security “within our funded levels. Supporting our workforce as we carry out our mission remains a high priority. ”
Nicholas Wu contributed to this report.