Should Congress provide funds to help respond to the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol building?

This bill has Passed the House of Representatives
Bill Summary

H.R. 3237 provides $1.9 billion in funding to respond to the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol building. The bill provides funds for security upgrades, repairing damages, and support for prosecutions among other purposes. The bill also establishes a quick reaction force within the DC National Guard to help assist the Capitol Police. Sponsor: Rep. Rosa DeLauro (Democrat, Connecticut, District 3) View full bill text ➔

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Opponents say

• "We must make sure we are making smart investments in our security based on lessons learned. It is important to me that the Capitol, a potent symbol of our democracy, remain open and accessible to the public and does not feel like a militarized zone." Source: Sen. Patrick Leahy (Democrat, Vermont)

• "Republicans on the Appropriations Committee, including myself, have deep concerns about the topline numbers of this bill as well as the provision that creates a rapid response force within the D.C. National Guard rather than one that’s controlled by and housed within Congress." Source: Rep. Tom Cole (Republican, Oklahoma, District 4)

Proponents say

• "The January 6 insurrection caused tragic loss of life and many injuries while leaving behind widespread physical damage to the Capitol Complex and emotional trauma for Members, Congressional employees, and the Capitol Police. This emergency supplemental appropriation addresses the direct costs of the insurrection and strengthens Capitol security for the future. It is also long overdue recognition of the work of the Capitol Police, the sacrifices that they and their families have made, and the changes they need." Source: Rep. Rosa DeLauro (Democrat, Connecticut, District 3)

• "None of us can, or should, forget the events of January 6th and the attempted ransacking of representative democracy. It cannot be conveniently overlooked for political purposes. Institutional and cultural reforms are needed to maintain as safe and open a campus as possible." Source: Rep. Tim Ryan (Democrat, Ohio, District 13)

• "The January 6 attack and the investigations in the months since have revealed the importance of providing strong funding to protect our democratic institutions. We must reimburse the District of Columbia for shouldering a disproportionate amount of the financial burden for the attack, ensure that our federal courts are thoroughly protected, and conduct a thorough assessment of the security of all our federal buildings." Source: Rep. Mike Quigley (Democrat, Illinois, District 5)