Congress passes $2.1B Capitol security funding bill
A $2.1 billion Capitol security funding bill is heading to President Biden for his signature after the House and Senate passed the legislation on Thursday.
Why it matters: The legislation provides funding for the Capitol Police, the National Guard and other agencies to cover the costs incurred during the Jan. 6 riot.
The big picture: Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), who chairs the Senate Appropriations Committee, and Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), the committee's ranking member, announced an agreement on the $2 billion package Tuesday, the same day four police officers testified about their personal experiences at the Capitol on Jan. 6 .
- The Senate approved the measure by a 98-0 vote on Thursday, and the House later passed it for a second time with a 416-11 vote.
- Six progressive Democrats and five Republicans voted against the bill in the House.
- The House passed a $1.9 billion security spending bill in May in response to the Jan. 6 attack, but was stalled by a funding impasse in the Senate.
Between the lines: The package includes $70.7 million in salaries and general expenses for the Capitol Police response to the riot, per a fact sheet released by Leahy's office.
- $300 million will go to infrastructure upgrades to the Capitol, including installing new cameras around the building and House offices.
- The National Guard will be reimbursed $521 million for deploying guards to help with security efforts on Jan. 6 and after.
- The package also includes about $500 million for the Department of Defense to assist Afghan nationals who facilitated U.S. war efforts. The State Department will also receive about $600 million to process special immigrant visas for Afghans who are relocating to the U.S., per the fact sheet.