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house Bill H.R. 3237

Providing $1.9 Billion to Improve Capitol Security & Respond to the January 6th Attack

Argument in favor

This bill covers costs related to the response to the attack at the Capitol on January 6th and funds much-needed improvements to security at the Capitol.

verymary's Opinion
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05/20/2021
I want to meet face-to-face with the Republican Congressmen who now swear that the insurrection was nothing more than a typical day in the Capitol. I want to see the hollowness in their eyes, revealing the emptiness of their souls.
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Dave's Opinion
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05/20/2021
I support 100% of the investigation and the money to improved the security and fairness in justice system. This is not 1776, the Wild West or an authoritarian country, but 2021 and a democracy! A democracy is a living document, a work in progress and requires truth, honesty, rule of law, different of opinions with civil rights and Liberty with out force or fear. So an investigation is need to fine out the honest truth, not lies to perpetuate opinions, beliefs and conspiracies. If you don’t take an honest look at a problem, you end up with assumptions and assumptions are only starting points and are not facts or the end!
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05/20/2021
Now that security deficiencies for the seat of our government has been exposed, it is incumbent that the Capitol Building, the legislators and the staff be protected from another armed insurrection by physical restraints, advanced police training, rapid deployment resources and the ability to fully investigate and prosecute those who would act with the intent to disrupt official government business or threaten physical harm to our legislators. This is about protecting the historical seat of our government’s legislature, protecting their internal plans and deliberations from those who would photograph documents or steal computer equipment to disseminate privileged information or sell it to our adversaries. This insurrection was one dumb-ass mistake away from becoming a full-fledged blood letting riot with insurrectionists armed with spears, knives, stun guns, chemical weapons, baseball bats, police batons, physical restraint devices, brass knuckle gloves, metal bars and a few handguns. This is not something to be penny-wise, pound-foolish about.
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Argument opposed

This bill provides too much funding for advanced training and riot control equipment for the Capitol Police. Alternatively, it doesn’t do enough to fund security needs.

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05/20/2021
Update: Anne, 10,000 troops was what is false but he did indeed request troops just not specifically 10,000. This was reported by former defense secretary Miller to the House of Representatives during his testimony. I don’t spew false or misinformation I do my own research and make sure it’s first hand information and then I form my own opinions. There were reports of several security failures. Trump actually requested the National Guard days prior to Jan 6 for his rally. I’m going to assume it was a communication failure (as anything else will be automatically a “conspiracy theory”). Would $1.9 billion solve simple communication failures? I’m sure improvements are needed but this amount seems excessive.
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05/20/2021
The lefty elites call to defund our police, and demand we pay for more protection at their work place.
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05/20/2021
Nothing should be spent on more defense on our capitol. Waste of money. We all know the capitol was a setup by lead Democrats. So a commission to investigate is also a proven loser. Our government is so corrupt that only the Lord can intervene. Money flows faster then water under Democrats mismanagement and the resident in office.
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What is House Bill H.R. 3237?

This bill would provide $1.9 billion to a variety of federal agencies to improve Security measures at the U.S. Capitol complex and respond to the January 6th attack that disrupted the certification of the Electoral College. A breakdown of its various provisions can be found below.

January 6th Response

This section would provide the National Guard with $520.9 million for unanticipated pay and operational costs during the Guard’s 2021 deployment at the Capitol and the surrounding area from January 6th to May 23rd.

A District of Columbia Emergency Planning and Security Fund would be established and funded with $66.8 million for the reimbursement of the District of Columbia for costs incurred in response to the January 6th attack and other costs of providing security for federal functions in D.C. 

The Capitol Police would receive $43.9 million in response to the attack, including:

  • $31.1 million for salaries to backfill overtime expected until the Capitol Police can hire, train, and deploy additional officers; and to provide benefits to current officers including $6.9 million for hazard pay, $3.6 million for retention bonuses, and $2.5 million for tuition credits.

  • $4.4 million for wellness and trauma support.

  • $3.3 million for human and technical resources.

  • $2.7 million for reimbursement for equipment, 

  • The Capitol Police wellness program would be renamed the Howard C. “Howie” Liebengood Center for Wellness after an officer who died by suicide in the aftermath of the January 6th attack.

Additional agencies would receive the following for costs related to the January 6th attack:

  • Architect of the Capitol: $40 million to backfill accounts.

  • Dept. of Justice (DOJ): $39.5 million to process prosecutions through U.S. Attorneys offices and for the criminal and national security divisions of the DOJ.

  • Library of Congress: $13.7 million for upgrading the electronic security system and the unanticipated cost of housing National Guard personnel.

  • Federal Bureau of Investigation: $5.5 million for the cost of FBI activities.

  • Federal Bureau of Prisons: $1.8 million for the cost of BOP activities.

Capitol Security Enhancements

The Architect of the Capitol would receive $529.7 million, including: 

  • $250 million for physical security at the Capitol which can be used for landscape redesign, retractable or “pop-in” fencing, and security sensors.

  • $162.7 million to upgrade accessible doors and windows on the Capitol and the House and Senate office buildings.

  • $100 million for screening vestibules at the North and South doors of the Capitol and for design and construction costs for vestibules at the House and Senate office buildings.

  • $17 million to install new cameras around the Capitol and House office buildings.

A dedicated Quick Reaction Force (QRF) to augment the Capitol Police would be funded with $200 million. The QRF would be a ground force equivalent of the 113th Wing within the D.C. Air National Guard at Joint Base Andrews, which defends National Capital Region airspace.

The House Sergeant-at-Arms would receive $21.5 million, including:

  • $10.6 million for the installation of basic security and camera systems in district offices.

  • $7.4 million for member security and enhanced security and threat assessments.

  • $3.5 million for centralized coordination of member security while traveling through dedicated member security teams.

The Capitol Police would receive $18 million, including:

  • $8.6 million for body cameras for Capitol Police officers whose job duties include interaction with the general public.

  • $6.8 million for specialized training, including $3.3 million for collective threat, cyber, intelligence, and counter assault training, $2.6 million for physical protection barriers and Civil Disturbance Unit equipment, and $880,000 for specialized vehicles and tactics training.

  • $2.6 million for riot control equipment to outfit all officers with ballistic helmets, batons, and body shields.

The federal judiciary would receive $157.5 million to address security threats to federal judges, court facilities, including upgrades to security camera systems at priority federal courthouses. The U.S. Marshals Service would receive $25 million to protect federal judges presiding over the trials of defendants accused of offenses related to the January 6th attack.

The U.S. Secret Service would receive $6.8 million for security needs exposed during the January 6th attack, including:

  • $2.87 million for non-lethal capabilities, including expanded electronic control device training and issuance, non-lethal munitions and equipment, and Civil Disobedience Unit deployment vehicles.

  • $2 million to reimburse the agency for temporary anti-scale fencing at the White House complex, including fencing around the Blair House while the vice president lived there during the renovation of the Naval Observatory.

  • $1.6 million for the Open Source Intelligence Branch of the Protective Intelligence and Assessment Division to better mitigate threats to protective operations and ensure threats like those leading up to January 6th receive an appropriate response.

Miscellaneous

  • The Architect of the Capitol would receive an additional $99.6 million for reimbursements and other costs incurred responding to COVID-19.

  • The House of Representatives would receive $31 million for reimbursements and other costs incurred responding to COVID-19.

  • $348,000 would be provided for customary death gratuities for the families of the late Reps. Ron Wright (R-TX) and Alcee Hastings (D-FL).

Impact

Capitol security; law enforcement and other federal agencies that provide security at the Capitol, lawmakers’ offices, and federal courts.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 3237

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-DepthHouse Appropriations Committee Chair Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) offered the following statement on the introduction of this bill to provide $1.9 billion to improve Capitol security and respond to the January 6th attack:

“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. This narrowly-tailored bill is the byproduct of a careful examination of the Capitol Security Review and information gathered by the Appropriations Committee through briefings, hearings, and discussions with Members and other experts. The needs are urgent, so it is imperative we swiftly pass this legislation to protect the Capitol and those who work and visit here.”

Legislative Branch Appropriations Subcommittee Ranking Member Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA) said the funding level for this bill is “significant” during the process in which this legislation was drafted.


Media:

Summary by Eric Revell

(Photo Credit: U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Bryan Myhr via Flickr / Public Domain)

AKA

Emergency Security Supplemental to Respond to January 6th Appropriations Act, 2021

Official Title

Making emergency supplemental appropriations for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2021, and for other purposes.

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  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
  • The house Passed May 20th, 2021
    Roll Call Vote 213 Yea / 212 Nay
      house Committees
      Committee on Appropriations
    IntroducedMay 14th, 2021

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    I want to meet face-to-face with the Republican Congressmen who now swear that the insurrection was nothing more than a typical day in the Capitol. I want to see the hollowness in their eyes, revealing the emptiness of their souls.
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    Update: Anne, 10,000 troops was what is false but he did indeed request troops just not specifically 10,000. This was reported by former defense secretary Miller to the House of Representatives during his testimony. I don’t spew false or misinformation I do my own research and make sure it’s first hand information and then I form my own opinions. There were reports of several security failures. Trump actually requested the National Guard days prior to Jan 6 for his rally. I’m going to assume it was a communication failure (as anything else will be automatically a “conspiracy theory”). Would $1.9 billion solve simple communication failures? I’m sure improvements are needed but this amount seems excessive.
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    I support 100% of the investigation and the money to improved the security and fairness in justice system. This is not 1776, the Wild West or an authoritarian country, but 2021 and a democracy! A democracy is a living document, a work in progress and requires truth, honesty, rule of law, different of opinions with civil rights and Liberty with out force or fear. So an investigation is need to fine out the honest truth, not lies to perpetuate opinions, beliefs and conspiracies. If you don’t take an honest look at a problem, you end up with assumptions and assumptions are only starting points and are not facts or the end!
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    Now that security deficiencies for the seat of our government has been exposed, it is incumbent that the Capitol Building, the legislators and the staff be protected from another armed insurrection by physical restraints, advanced police training, rapid deployment resources and the ability to fully investigate and prosecute those who would act with the intent to disrupt official government business or threaten physical harm to our legislators. This is about protecting the historical seat of our government’s legislature, protecting their internal plans and deliberations from those who would photograph documents or steal computer equipment to disseminate privileged information or sell it to our adversaries. This insurrection was one dumb-ass mistake away from becoming a full-fledged blood letting riot with insurrectionists armed with spears, knives, stun guns, chemical weapons, baseball bats, police batons, physical restraint devices, brass knuckle gloves, metal bars and a few handguns. This is not something to be penny-wise, pound-foolish about.
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    Capitol needs to be secured! Anyone that was at the Capitol 1-6-21 and doesn’t think the Capitol needs securing was in on the riot planning, and perhaps wants to leave the Capitol in a vulnerable position for more attacks!
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    We need to keep our representatives and their staffs safe, so I support this.
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    All evidence to the contrary! Freethinker indeed!
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    Nothing should be spent on more defense on our capitol. Waste of money. We all know the capitol was a setup by lead Democrats. So a commission to investigate is also a proven loser. Our government is so corrupt that only the Lord can intervene. Money flows faster then water under Democrats mismanagement and the resident in office.
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    The lefty elites call to defund our police, and demand we pay for more protection at their work place.
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    They need to bolster their defenses for the coming fascist attempt at taking over and controlling the government. They also need to protect themselves from the current Insurrectionist Fascist Party members, their supporters and enablers; white Supremacist, white Christian Nationalist, Qanon, etc.
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    The Jan “attack” is propaganda and we should not be locking down the people’s house. If politicians are scared of the people, then they aren’t doing their job and don’t belong in the people’s house and need to leave. Maybe we should give that 1.9B to our police departments so they can protect and serve on our streets to keep them safe for the people, or better yet, don’t spend that money at all and subtract it from our debt load.
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    Absolutely ridiculous! Yet another complete waste of taxpayer dollars! So many epic fails in just over 100 days. Travesty!
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    Gop & dumbkopf should bear this cost directly not the taxpayer! What a shame when the ‘bastion’ of democracy has to spend billions on security? Another ‘green zone’ after bhagdad, kabul ?
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    Absolutely, look what precautions we took after 911. This is much more insidious and dangerous since the cancer is from within. If we don’t crush these domestic terrorists then shame on us
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    If the tRumplicans are willing to waste time and money on Begassi but wont investigate Jan 6th then they shouldn’t be part of our government. Government is not the problem tRumplican government is the problem
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    PASSED! Representatives, Thank You! May 20, 2021 THE HOUSE PASSED Roll Call Vote 213 Yea , 212 Nay
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    The reimbursement and and care for the trauma sections are good but addressing the responsiveness failures should be the primary focus.
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    The poorly-executed, but nonetheless executed—insurrection on Jan. 06 cannot be minimized, rewritten, or swept under the rug. We all watched in horror from our homes as they proudly and openly documented themselves storming the Capitol. They broke windows, beat police officers that got in their way; even if they didn’t have guns, they were there to brawl.
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    All the items mentioned in the bill are needed (especially additional training for the Capitol police....additional equipment for the Capitol police.....and upgrades in the building itself).....but.....all the money in the world will not "fix" lack of response from the White House and other powers that be. Those good men and women were left twisting in the wind FOR HOURS on their own......this is beyond unconscienable and ALL the primary people who LET this insurrection attempt go on....and on.....should be ALL be held accountable.....as our former "president" liked to bandy about.....there USED to be a swift and severe punishment for treasonous acts......He alluded to this more than once when something displeased him.
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    Only 1 thing is missing in this bill to secure our Capitol. Remove all Republican legislators.
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