In wake of the January 6th House select committee hearings, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) joined Senators Raphael Warnock (D-GA) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) in a letter successfully pushing Senate leadership and appropriators to secure $521 million in emergency supplemental funding for the National Guard and U.S. Capitol Police to cover the unanticipated costs of responding to the January 6th insurrection.
“The January 6th insurrection will forever be a stain on our democracy and we must do more to thank the brave men and women who protected our nation’s capital and our most sacred democratic institutions,” said Senator Gillibrand. “With this funding, the Senate is following through on their obligation to ensure that both the National Guard and USCP have the resources and support needed to fulfill their missions and pay for their services.”
In the wake of the January 6th insurrection, both the National Guard and U.S. Capitol Police would have faced challenging funding cliffs if sufficient resources were not secured by August 1, 2021. Members of the National Guard and U.S. Capitol Police worked overtime during the insurrection and for months afterwards to protect our nation’s capital and democratic institutions. The funding was secured through the supplemental appropriations process and not the Department of Defense reprogramming, which would not have provided sufficient funding.
To read the full letter, click here.