Capitol Police Funding in Jeopardy as Disagreements Stall Progress

Capitol Police Funding in Jeopardy as Disagreements Stall Progress

(HorizonPost.com) – In May, the House of Representatives passed a bill allocating $1.9 billion to provide funding to the Capitol Hill police force and National Guard units. The money was to cover expenses incurred because of the January 6 riots and other security measures. It passed by the slimmest of margins, 213-212, without a single Republican vote and no support from the far-left Progressives. As most politicians and pundits expected, the legislation was DOA in the Senate.

In the House, Representatives Cori Bush (D-MO), Ilhan Omar (D-MN), and Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) voted against the measure, and Jamaal Bowman (D-NY), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) all abstained. Now, talks on Capitol Hill security are becoming even more divided.

In the upper chamber, the chairman of the Appropriations Committee, Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), has floated a plan with a $3.7 billion price tag — nearly double the House measure that the Republican lawmakers viewed as too expensive. In response, the committee’s ranking member, Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL), proffered one totaling $632.9 million.

Leahy’s measure would add money for public health programs, $100 million extra to help Afghan refugees, and it almost doubles the number of visas available to Afghan nationals who assisted American troops in bridging the language gap. Meanwhile, Shelby feels his proposal meets the immediate needs. In a statement announcing its release, he asked his “Democrat colleagues to join me in passing this bill… [because funding] must not be held hostage because Democrats insist on billions more in spending…”

According to the Daily Caller, the Capitol Hill police department could run out of money within the next few weeks. While this deadline looms, the two parties are presenting completely absurd measures — the Democrats doubling the house proposal, the Republicans offering one-third of it — and continue to fiddle while “Rome” burns.

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