UPDATED 1:36 PM PT – Saturday, July 10, 2021
Republican senators have proposed emergency funding for the U.S. Capitol Police amid a stalemate on a larger security bill.
On Friday, Alabama Republican Sen. Richard Shelby suggested Congress pass emergency funding for Capitol Police, saying the department is in desperate need of funding. Republicans have proposed nearly $100 million in additional funding for the USCP.
“We should pass now what we all agree on: The Capitol Police and National Guard are running out of money, the clock is ticking, and we need to take care of them,” said Shelby.
This comes as a $1.9 billion emergency supplemental package was stalled in the Senate after being passed through the House in May.
Meanwhile, U.S. Capitol Police may need to furlough its officers soon if Congress does not provide them with the additional funding. The lack of funds stem from staffing shortages propelled by low morale, which have led to a significant increase in overtime pay.
On Friday, reports said Congress would need to pass a bill providing the agency with nearly $2 billion of supplemental security funding. As it stands, salary funds are at risk of running out in mid-August and Congress would need to pass funding legislation by Sept.