Legislature spending proposal would bolster security


The extra money would go to hiring, benefits and training. Police Chief J. Thomas Manger told home owners in late March that the department had 1,849 officers, about 300 fewer than he said was needed.

The Capitol architect would receive $1.1 billion, an increase of $529.5 million from fiscal year 2022. That’s less than the $576 million increase proposed by the House.

The money going to the AOC would include $51 million for a new Library of Congress storage facility, which saw previous funding diverted to ‘cover unforeseen costs incurred by the violence that occurred on January 6. 2021 on Capitol Hill, as well as the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic,” according to a explanatory report accompanying the invoice. The senators also proposed using $60 million to support the construction of protective north and south vestibules at the Capitol.

In recent months, supporters had urged senators to create a bipartisan office of diversity and inclusion similar to that of the House, in hopes of better tracking Senate workforce demographics and recruiting more people. staff of color. But Appropriation officials stopped short of that on Thursday, instead proposing a task force that would study these issues further.

[Senate needs its own diversity and inclusion office, advocates say]

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