Jul 29 2021
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Appropriations, today applauded Senate passage of a $2 billion security supplemental appropriations bill, which advanced by a vote of 98-0.
“It’s past time we provide urgently-needed funding to safeguard the Capitol, ensure National Guard readiness, and protect our allies in Afghanistan. I am pleased the Senate has advanced this bipartisan bill to fund our immediate security needs, and I urge members of the House to quickly take up this important legislation and send it to the President’s desk without further delay,” stated Senator Shelby.
The legislation provides $100 million for Capitol Police, $300 million for increased Capitol security measures, and just over $1 billion for the Department of Defense, which includes more than $500 million for the National Guard and $500 million for Afghan Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) program needs. The agreement also includes $600 million for the State Department and $25 million for the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Refugee Resettlement to address Afghan SIV needs, following an urgent request from the Biden Administration.