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Capitol Police attempting to hold back people during the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol. Photo: Kent Nishimura/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

The House of Representatives voted 213-212 Thursday to approve a $1.9 billion bill that would increase security at the U.S. Capitol in the aftermath of the deadly Jan. 6 riot.

Why it matters: Democrats have argued the upgrades funded by the legislation are needed to patch the security shortcomings exploited by the pro-Trump mob on the day of the riot. Some Republicans have warned the measures are an overreaction.

Between the lines: A handful of progressives voted "no" or "present" on the bill, citing policing concerns.

Context: The Architect of the Capitol Brett Blanton said in February that repairs and security expenses stemming from the riot had cost more than $30 million at that time.

The big picture: The bill gives Capitol Police $43.9 million, $31.1 million of which is meant to go toward backfilling overtime until the department can hire and train more officers, according to a summary statement released by the House Appropriations Committee.

  • The force would also receive $1.3 million for gas masks, tactical vests, body armor, and other equipment; $2.6 million to buy basic riot control equipment for all officers; and $4.4 million for wellness and trauma support.
  • The National Guard, which sent troops to the Capitol on Jan. 6 to respond to the riot, will receive $520.9 million from the legislation to pay for costs associated with stationing troops in and around the building.
  • It gives $250 million for Capitol grounds security, which may be used for physical infrastructure including retractable fencing and security sensors.
  • An additional $162.7 million would be set aside to harden accessible windows and doors at the Capitol as well as at House and Senate office buildings.

The House passed a bill Wednesday establishing a 9/11-style commission to investigate the riot, though only 35 Republicans voted in favor of the legislation. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has voiced his opposition to the bill.

What's next: The security funding legislation now heads to the Senate, where it will need to win 60 votes before being sent to President Biden's desk to be signed into law.

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Seven Capitol Police officers sue Trump over Jan. 6 riot

Former President Trump during a rally in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 6, 2021. Photo: Tayfun Coskun/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Seven Capitol Police officers filed a lawsuit against former President Trump, several of his associates and extremist group leaders on Thursday, alleging they organized a plot to disrupt the peaceful transfer of power that culminated into the violent Jan. 6 Capitol riot.

Why it matters: The suit argues that Trump and the other defendants violated the 1871 Ku Klux Klan Act, which in part prohibited conspiracies to overthrow the federal government.

Updated Aug 27, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Texas House advances voting bill that Democrats fled state to protest

The Texas state Capitol is shown during the Georgetown to Austin March for Democracy rally on July 31, 2021 in Austin, Texas. Photo: Brandon Bell/Getty Images

Texas House Republicans gave final approval to a slate of new voting restrictions on Friday following months of protests by Democrats, including a 38-day walkout, the Texas Tribune reports.

Why it matters: Friday's vote brings Texas one step closer to enacting voting restrictions — making it set to be the latest big Republican state to pass tighter voting laws following the 2020 election, per AP.

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3D printing's next act: big metal objects

Chief Scientist Andy Bayramian makes modifications to the laser system on Seurat's 3D metal printer. Photo courtesy of Seurat Technologies.

A new metal 3D printing technology could revolutionize the way large industrial products like planes and cars are made, reducing the cost and carbon footprint of mass manufacturing.

Why it matters: 3D printing — also called additive manufacturing — has been used since the 1980s to make small plastic parts and prototypes. Metal printing is newer, and the challenge has been figuring out how to make things like large car parts faster and cheaper than traditional methods.