Capitol Police could run out of funds during August vacation
“The January 6 uprising left a path of destruction through the seat of our democracy and left our Capitol Police force overwhelmed and underfunded due to the unforeseen costs associated with the attack, including overtime. and the need for retention bonuses, ”Leahy said. in the statement.
A spokesman for the Capitol Police declined to comment specifically on the funding situation, but said in a statement that the department is “working closely” with “congressional stakeholders to ensure” that it can carry out its mission and support its agents.
Senate Appropriations Leader Richard C. Shelby, R-Ala., Said last week that there was “no serious negotiation” on an additional security bill between him and Leahy. And Shelby said for weeks he was concerned about approving funding in the absence of a permanent police chief for the department.
“We shouldn’t rush to judge. I’ve always said it was serious stuff, but I don’t think the Capitol is in danger right now, ”Shelby said.
House Democrats approved a $ 1.9 billion spending package following a 213-212 vote in May amid unified Republican opposition to the bill.