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A Capitol Police officer running through the U.S. Capitol while responding to the riot on Jan. 6. Photo: Ting Shen/Bloomberg via Getty Images

More than 70 officers have left the U.S. Capitol Police force in the aftermath of the deadly Jan. 6 insurrection, according to Gus Papathanasiou, chair of the Capitol Police Labor Committee, Politico reported.

Why it matters: The police force has warned it will take years to hire and train more officers to recoup its ranks and that current officers are working longer hours to fill staffing gaps.

The big picture: The House passed a $1.9 billion supplemental funding bill for the Capitol Police on Thursday. It 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.

  • The bill gives the Capitol Police $43.9 million, $31.1 million of which is meant to go toward backfilling overtime until the department employs more officers.

What they're saying: “What keeps me awake at night is not the challenge of hiring and training more police officers, but keeping the officers we have right now,” Papathanasiou said in a statement released after Thursday's vote, according to Politico.

  • “We have many officers on the fence about whether to stay with this department."
  • Papathanasiou said he is grateful for the supplemental funding but warned it doesn't go far enough to address the department's staffing issues.

Of note: The House passed a bill on Thursday to set up a bipartisan, 9/11-style commission to investigate the riot.

  • Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has expressed his opposition to the commission, however, which threatens its fate.

Go deeper: The Jan. 6 commission's Senate graveyard

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Jan. 6 select committee demands records from social media companies on riot

Select committee Chair Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) with other committee members in the Capitol in July 2021. Photo: Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images

The Jan. 6 select committee said Friday it is demanding records from social media companies regarding the violence riot at the Capitol at the start of this year.

Why it matters: The demand is another major expansion to the select committee's investigation and follows its sweeping records request sent to the National Archives and seven federal agencies earlier this week.

Officer who killed Ashli Babbit has no regrets: "I saved countless lives"

The Capitol Police officer who killed Ashli Babbit during the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection told NBC News that he shot her as a "last resort," but ultimately he knows he "saved countless lives."

Driving the news: Lt. Michael Byrd was cleared this week of any wrongdoing for killing Babbitt, whom he shot as she tried to make her way through a broken window into the Speaker's Lobby, just off the House chamber floor.

Breaking Biden's diplomatic logjam

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Data: Center for Presidential Transition via Congress.gov; Chart: Will Chase/Axios

The logjam for reviewing and confirming President Biden's ambassadorial picks is finally starting to break.

Why it matters: Biden is far behind his predecessors in the rate at which his ambassadorial picks have been confirmed. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee will hold a series of high-profile hearings and votes this week to finally begin chipping away at the backlog.