May 3, 2021 - Politics & Policy

House Republicans push for oversight hearings into Capitol Police board

A Capitol police car sits in front of the Capitol building
A U.S. Capitol Police patrol car outside the campus on April 28. Photo: Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images

Republicans on the House Administration Committee, a panel charged with oversight into the U.S. Capitol Police, called on Democrats to endorse oversight hearings into the Capitol Police Board on Monday.

Why it matters: The former House and Senate sergeants-at-arms were replaced following their resignations in the wake of the lethal Jan. 6 Capitol attack, led largely by supporters of former President Trump.

  • The Capitol Police Board consists of the sergeant-at-arms of the House, the sergeant-at-arms and doorkeeper of the Senate, and the architect of the Capitol.

What they're saying: Ranking Republicans on the committee, including Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.), pointed to a recent hearing with U.S. Capitol Police Inspector General Michael Bolton that found "there is virtually no oversight of the board."

  • The members said the hearing "would be the first time the entire board has appeared jointly before Congress since 1945."

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