Democrats Approve $1.9 Billion For Capitol Security

by Jan Frazier

Washington, D.C (Washington Insider Magazine)  Thursday, House Democrats passed “a $1.9 billion emergency funding bill” that will fortify the Capitol with a “new quick-action team” similar to D.C. National Guard. The Guard has now been stationed at the Capitol for months.

It was a tight vote – 213-212 – “after an eleventh-hour scramble on the floor, with Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her top leadership huddling with their members to resolve issues from the caucus’ far left.” A group of liberals calling themselves “the squad,” did not want to spend millions of more dollars on the budget for the Capitol police without knowing for sure that some of those officers didn’t help in the January 6 riot.

Ilhan Omar (D-Mn) said in an interview, “I am frankly tired of any time where there is a failure in our system of policing, the first response is for us to give them more money.”

Omar has wanted police reform for a long time, and she said that she has “witnessed failures in police preparedness and procedures and the lack of political will to stop the rioters on January 6.” She is not sure how giving the Capitol police more money will change things for the better. After all, dozens of police officers were investigated after the insurrection, and some were even suspended without pay.

Three Representatives who voted “no” to more funding for the police were Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Cori Bush of Missouri, and Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts. These three representatives claimed that they didn’t vote for the legislation simply because it lacked money for “counseling and treatment for staff and directed more funding to a policing system they saw in need of reform.”

All three Representatives claimed,“This bill prioritizes more money for a broken system that has long upheld and protected the white supremacist violence we saw on display that day” in January. 

Representative Jamaal Bowman of New York said that the January 6 riot was “not due to a lack of police funding” and that the officials of the Capitol needed to “investigate those who were complicit in this attack.”

Democrats failed to realize that there would be problems with the bill.  Problems didn’t occur until Wednesday.


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