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House Passes $1.9 Billion Bill To Increase Security At The Capitol

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The House of Representatives voted 213-212 Thursday to approve a $1.9 billion bill that would increase security at the U.S. Capitol in the aftermath of the deadly Jan. 6 riot.

Why it matters: Democrats have argued the upgrades funded by the legislation are needed to patch the security shortcomings exploited by the pro-Trump mob on the day of the riot. Some Republicans have warned the measures are an overreaction.

Between the lines: A handful of progressives voted “no” or “present” on the bill, citing policing concerns.

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Context: The Architect of the Capitol Brett Blanton said in February that repairs and security expenses stemming from the riot had cost more than $30 million at that time.

The big picture: The bill gives Capitol Police $43.9 million, $31.1 million of which is meant to go toward backfilling overtime until the department can hire and train more officers, according to a summary statement released by the House Appropriations Committee.

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