Ruppersberger Supports Legislation to Investigate January 6 Riot, Strengthen Capitol Security
(Washington, DC) – Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger today applauded passage of legislation to jump-start an independent, impartial investigation into the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol and provide emergency funding to prevent it from ever happening again. The two bills are now under consideration in the U.S. Senate.
H.R. 3233 – which passed the House yesterday with significant bipartisan support – creates a 9/11-style commission to examine the facts, causes and security lapses relative to the Capitol riot that left five people dead, including a police officer, and more than 140 law enforcement officers injured. The commission would make recommendations to prevent future attacks on our democracy.
H.R. 3237, which passed the House today, provides $1.9 billion to cover the costs of the riot and address security vulnerabilities it exposed, such as hardening windows and doors and installing new cameras. It will also fund a dedicated “go team” to augment the Capitol Police during emergencies and provide special riot training, equipment and body cameras for Capitol Police.
“The victims of the January 6 insurrection – not just lawmakers but aides, custodians and, especially, law enforcement – deserve answers and the assurance that this can never happen again,” Congressman Ruppersberger said. “The United States Capitol is known across the country and around the world as a symbol of democracy, and it is our patriotic responsibility to ensure its resilience.”
The Commission will have ten members: five members, including the Chair, appointed by the Speaker of the House and Majority Leader of the Senate; and five, including the Vice Chair, appointed by the Minority Leaders of the House and Senate. Commissioners will be tasked with investigating the facts of the January 6 attack, including the insurrectionists’ operations and motivations as well as the response by local law enforcement and intelligence agencies.
Among its many provisions, the security supplemental bill:
- Reimburses the National Guard, the District of Columbia and other federal agencies for their response and subsequent presence at the Capitol;
- Supplies funding to prosecute the hundreds of perpetrators;
- Covers overtime for Architect of the Capitol custodial staff who worked tirelessly in the aftermath of the insurrection;
- Provides funds for the Capitol Police to cover overtime pay, retention bonuses, equipment replacement, and enhanced wellness and trauma support.