DeLauro Floor Remarks on Emergency Security Supplemental
House Appropriations Committee Chair Rosa DeLauro (D-CT-03) delivered the following remarks on the House Floor in support of H.R. 3237, the Emergency Security Supplemental to Respond to January 6th:
“Madam Speaker, I rise in support of the Emergency Security Supplemental to Respond to January 6th.
“Like many of us in the Capitol Community, I am still shaken by the violence and terror of that day and the tragedies in its aftermath: the death of Officer Brian Sicknick, the Good Friday attack that killed Officer Billy Evans, and the emotional trauma that has led to the deaths of Officer Howie Liebengood and Metropolitan Police Department Officer Jeffrey Smith by suicide.
“Congress owes it to every single person who works in or visits our Capitol to provide funding to recover, rebuild, and keep all who serve in the Legislative Branch safe, healthy, and secure.
“The Appropriations Committee has acted very carefully to construct this package. We conducted a bipartisan briefing in January, discussed this issue at 12 subcommittee hearings, and closely reviewed the recommendations of the Task Force 1-6 Capitol Security Review led by General Honoré and comprised of senior retired law enforcement officials and military leaders. We have also heard from Inspectors General and consulted security experts in and out of government.
“This bill is narrowly tailored to respond to January 6th and protect the Capitol going forward. It contains $1.9 billion in emergency funding to reimburse the National Guard and District of Columbia for their response, provide the Capitol Police with overtime pay, retention bonuses, equipment replacement, and wellness and trauma support, and ensure the Department of Justice can prosecute every person who attacked law enforcement and ransacked this building.
“It provides bonuses and help to custodial staff. And it renames the Capitol Police Wellness Center in memory of Officer Howie Liebengood.”
“As recommended by the Capitol Security Review, the legislation protects the Capitol by providing resources to harden windows and doors, construct security screening vestibules, install new cameras, and provide specialized training, riot control equipment and body cameras for the Capitol Police.
“To augment the Capitol Police, the legislation establishes and funds a dedicated Quick Reaction Force of National Guard personnel, another recommendation of the Capitol Security Review.
“This legislation also bolsters security for Members of Congress, with dedicated funding for enhanced security and threat assessments, coordinated Member travel security, and upgrades to security in district offices.
“It has, most importantly, won the endorsement of the Capitol Police to meet its evolving mission. And Lieutenant General Honoré urged Congress to pass this funding.
“We all sit in this chamber and we lived with the violent assault on our democracy and our lives. We must act now to fulfill our obligations and our oath of office.”