Congressman Tim Ryan Votes to Support the Emergency Security Supplemental Government Funding Bill to Respond to January 6th Capitol Insurrection | Congressman Tim Ryan
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Congressman Tim Ryan Votes to Support the Emergency Security Supplemental Government Funding Bill to Respond to January 6th Capitol Insurrection

May 20, 2021
Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan (D-OH), Legislative Branch Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman, today voted in favor of the Emergency Security Supplemental to Respond to January 6th Appropriations Act, a bipartisan bill that addresses the insurrection with $1.9 billion in funding to make the Capitol safer and more secure.

After hearing the recommendations of the Task Force 1-6 Capitol Security Review led by Lieutenant General (Retired) Russel L. Honoré and comprised of senior retired military leaders and law enforcement experts, Legislative Branch Appropriations Chair Ryan and House Appropriations Chair Rosa DeLauro crafted a bill that will secure the safety of the Capitol, protect facilities, Members, employees, and visitors going forward, and provide for safe and healthy Congressional operations.

“Institutional and cultural reforms are needed to maintain as safe and open a campus as possible,” said Congressman Ryan. “This legislation will ensure that the Capitol campus will be safe for Members of Congress to carry out their constitutional duties and for Americans from across the country to be able to continue to witness representative democracy in action and peacefully exercise their First Amendment rights.”

“None of us will forget the events of January 6th,” said Congressman Ryan during a House Floor speech earlier today. “The lasting impacts of that day continue to be felt across the Capitol Complex, and the bill before us today takes the first step in establishing institutional and cultural reforms needed to maintain as safe and open a campus as possible. I am proud of the hard work of so many to ensure this bill provides the help that our Congressional community so badly needs.”

 

The full version of his speech can be viewed here.

Among its many provisions, the legislation:

Responds to the direct costs incurred by the violent attack on the Capitol on January 6th, including:

  • Reimbursing the National Guard and the District of Columbia, and other federal agencies for their
    response and subsequent presence at the Capitol.
  • Supporting the Capitol Police with overtime pay, retention bonuses, equipment replacement, and wellness and trauma support.
  • Prosecuting the hundreds of perpetrators who attacked law enforcement and defiled our temple of democracy.

Protects Facilities, Members, Employees, and Visitors. Informed by the Capitol Security Review, the legislation strengthens security, including by:

  • Improving security by hardening windows and doors, constructing security screening vestibules, and installing new cameras.
  • Creating a dedicated Quick Reaction Force to augment the Capitol Police in cases of emergency.
  • Bolstering security for Members of Congress, as well as for federal judges – many of whom are presiding over trials of January 6 insurrectionists.
  • Providing specialized training, riot control equipment and body cameras for the Capitol Police.

The legislation provides funding for reimbursements and the response to ensure safe and healthy Congressional operations throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Funding for Legislative Branch COVID-19 needs was not included in recent legislation.

The emergency security supplemental contains funding in the jurisdiction of six Appropriations Subcommittees: Legislative Branch; Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies; Defense; Financial Services and General Government; Homeland Security; and Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies.

A detailed summary of the legislation is here. The text of H.R. 3237 is here.