Ryan unveils Capitol riot bill

Proposes spending $1.9B

U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan introduced legislation to provide $1.9 billion in federal funding in response to the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol.

Ryan, D-Howland, chairman of the U.S. House Appropriations Committee’s Legislative Branch Subcommittee, sponsored the bill Friday with U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro, a Connecticut Democrat and the Appropriations Committee’s chairwoman. The bill is expected to be considered by the House next week, Ryan said.

The legislation provides direct costs incurred during the Jan. 6 riot by Republican Donald Trump supporters, who objected to the results of the presidential election that saw him lose to Democrat Joe Biden.

The funding includes reimbursing the National Guard and the District of Columbia and other federal agencies for responding to the riot and their subsequent presence as well as provide the Capitol police with overtime pay, retention bonuses, equipment replacement, and wellness and trauma support. It also would pay the cost of prosecuting those arrested in the riot.

The bill also provides money for improved security at the Capitol as well as for members of Congress and federal judges, and provides specialized training, riot control equipment and body cameras for Capitol police.

The legislation calls for funding “for reimbursements and the response to ensure safe and health congressional operations through the COVID-19 pandemic. Funding for legislative branch COVID-19 needs was not included in recent legislation.”

The bill came after recommendations were made by a Capitol security review task force about the Jan. 6 riot.

“None of us can, or should, forget the events of Jan. 6 and the attempted ransacking of representative democracy,” Ryan said. “It cannot be conveniently overlooked for political purposes. Institutional and cultural reforms are needed to maintain as safe and open a campus as possible.”

He added: “This is long overdue and we have to act now.”


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