Rep. Johnson Votes to Secure Capitol Complex, Honor Capitol Police Heroes, Defend Democracy

July 30, 2021
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Hank Johnson (GA-04) voted for H.R. 3237, an emergency funding package to harden the United States Capitol Complex, deliver much-needed resources to the U.S. Capitol Police force and respond to the costs of the January 6th insurrection.

“This essential legislation will help keep the Capitol and Congressional community safe and honor the service and sacrifice of our heroic Capitol Police,” said Rep. Johnson. “While this Senate bill does not meet every security need that we identified in the wake of the January 6th insurrection, it will serve as an important first step toward ensuring our temple of democracy is stronger and safer for years to come.”

This bill, which was passed unanimously by the Senate and earned a strong bipartisan vote in the House, delivers $2.1 billion in emergency funding to secure the United States Capitol, address the costs of the deadly domestic terrorist attack on January 6th, and more.  Importantly, this bill supports the heroic Capitol Police force, which put their lives on the line to defend the Capitol and now require more resources to continue to do their life-saving work.

In May, the House passed a strong security supplemental, which was based on the facts and findings of a report by General Russel Honoré in the immediate aftermath of the insurrection, as well as the Inspector General's reports to the Committee on House Administration.  The Senate’s bill did not include a number of recommendations from these reports that the House included in its original bill.  As Congress continues its investigation into the insurrection, House Democrats will continue to push for more measures to secure the Capitol against future attacks.

“I am proud to support this urgent, bipartisan legislation, which will help ensure that Congress can function and serve the American people,” Rep. Johnson continued.  “While this legislation does not represent the end of our work to keep the Capitol safe, it offers great progress toward ensuring the halls of Congress are once again safe for children to visit, for reporters to cover and for lawmakers to do our jobs delivering For The People.”

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