DeLauro, Ryan Statement on September 18 Rally Preparations

September 13, 2021
Press Release

House Appropriations Committee Chair Rosa DeLauro (D-CT-03) and Legislative Branch Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Tim Ryan (D-OH-13) released the following statement after being briefed on security preparations for the September 18 “Justice for J6” rally:

As the House leaders responsible for funding Capitol security, we appreciated the opportunity to be briefed by Capitol Police Chief Thomas Manger and House Sergeant at Arms William Walker on security preparations for the September 18 rally. ­

Given the violent tendencies of the right-wing extremists who plan to attend, it is obvious that this rally poses a threat to the Capitol, those who work here, and the law enforcement officers charged with protecting our democracy.

We are pleased that the Capitol Police, in coordination with other law enforcement agencies, appear to have developed a clear plan – based on careful intelligence analysis – to maintain order and protect public safety. The temporary installation of fencing around the Capitol is an important part of this plan, and one that we support.

Through the Emergency Security Supplemental to Respond to January 6th, the Appropriations Committee has provided funding to bolster the Capitol Police, give them the resources they need, and make it clear to them that we respect the hard work they do. We will continue to exercise our funding and oversight responsibilities to protect the Capitol and support the women and men of law enforcement.

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