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Senate passes $2.1 billion Capitol security funding bill

The Senate passed a $2.1 billion Capitol security funding bill Thursday by a 98-0 vote.

Why it matters: The legislation provides funding for the Capitol Police, the National Guard and other agencies to cover the costs incurred during the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.

The big picture: Senate Appropriations Committee chair Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), the committee's ranking member, announced an agreement on the $2 billion package Tuesday, the same day four police officers who were at the Capitol on Jan. 6 testified about their personal experiences from that day.

Between the lines: The package includes $70.7 million in salaries and general expenses for the Capitol Police response to the riot, per a fact sheet released by Leahy's office.

  • $300 million will go to infrastructure upgrades to the Capitol, including installing new cameras around the building and House offices.
  • The National Guard will be reimbursed $521 million for deploying guards to help with security efforts on Jan. 6 and after.
  • The package also includes about $500 million for the Department of Defense to assist Afghan nationals who facilitated U.S. war efforts. The State Department will also receive about $600 million to process special immigrant visas for Afghans who are relocating to the U.S., per the fact sheet.

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