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Congressional leaders discussing a $2 billion package for new Capitol fencing and security personnel




There are many details to order in the middle of one heated debate in Congress on how to respond to the attack on the Capitol.

Among them: a permanent fence around the Capitol, hundreds of new security personnel (either the National Guard or a military police presence) and new authorities for the District of Columbia National Guard to be sent in emergency situations. , according to one of the sources. . The plan under consideration will also expand the U.S. Capitol police force, potentially hiring hundreds more officers, and make changes to the USCP board.

Congressional action on the package will not occur until next month at the earliest.

Many of the recommendations come from a report by the task force led by retired Lieutenant General Russel Honoré, who was appointed by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to examine security failures on Jan. 6 and propose changes.

Honoré’s report included many of the proposals the House is currently studying, such as putting retractable, mobile fencing on the Capitol, providing additional authority for the DC Guard, and restructuring the Capitol Police Board and improving the collection of Capitol Police information. The president of the appropriation of the house, Rosa DeLauro, said after the publication of the Honoré report that she expected a “substantial” funding package to strengthen security at the Capitol.

But while talks are underway, it remains to be seen whether Republicans will contest a new funding package. Punchbowl News previously reported the label they are talking about.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and other Republicans have criticized Honoré, who was named without a Republican consultation, for comments he made before being named on the Jan. 6 attack.

“I don’t think Honoré should have been in charge of that, based on his comments, not long ago, but recently,” McCarthy said Thursday. “I had a preconceived notion that it was wrong, so I completely ignore the report for that.”

Some Republicans, including Rep. Rodney Davis, the top Republican on the House Administrative Committee, have said they agree with some of Honoré’s recommendations, suggesting there would be a path toward a funding bill. bipartisan to improve security at the Capitol.

Lawmakers on both sides have raised objections this month to an extended deployment of National Guard troops to the Capitol and the possibility that the wire fencing surrounding the complex will be maintained indefinitely. The acting gun sergeant in the House said this week that a reduction in Guard troops would begin and that some of the fences would go down.

The funding package could be the first of several steps Congress can take legislatively in response to the January 6 riot. Lawmakers can examine the changes in the structure of the Capitol police board and Pelosi reiterated his desire this week to set up an independent 9/11-style commission to investigate the January 6 events.

But the creation of a new commission still faces serious hurdles, as both parties disagree on the scope of what the commission would investigate. Democratic sources told CNN this week that an agreement for a Jan. 6 commission could still be months away.

This story has been updated with additional details.