Progressive Democrats Vote Against Capitol Security Funding To Protest Police
Several progressive House Democrats voted against a $ 1.9 billion bill to increase security on the U.S. Capitol in response to the deadly January 6 riot over police concerns.
Why is this important: Due to defections, Democrats narrowly passed the spending bill, demonstrating their slim majority in the chamber.
How they voted: Representatives Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), Cori Bush (D-Mo.) And Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) Voted against the bill.
- The representatives Jamaal Bowman (DN.Y.), Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) And Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (DN.Y.) voted present.
What they say: “A bill that spends $ 1.9 billion on increased policing and policing without addressing the underlying threats of organized and violent white supremacy, radicalization and disinformation that led to this attack will fail to address the underlying threats of organized and violent white supremacy, radicalization and disinformation that led to this attack. will not prevent it from happening again, “said Bush, Omar and Pressley in a joint statement after the vote.
- “The increase in law enforcement funds does not inherently protect or safeguard the Capitol or the surrounding community of DC,” they added.
- “We cannot support this increased funding as many of our communities continue to face police brutality by marching through the streets, and as questions about the disparate response between insurgents and those protesting in defense of the black lives remain unanswered.
Bowman said in a statement, the riot happened “because the threat of white supremacy may have spread and spread throughout our country – including law enforcement. This is something that must yet to be addressed by Congress and studied in depth. “
- “Instead of responding to crises with calls for more police, our response needs to be much more holistic. I do not support adding additional funds to the already inflated police budgets,” he added.
The big picture: The bill gives the Capitol Police $ 43.9 million, the National Guard $ 520.9 million and $ 250 million to improve the security of the Capitol grounds.
- Most Democrats have argued that the legislation-funded upgrades are necessary to correct security loopholes exploited by the pro-Trump mob on the day of the riot.