Today, U.S. Representative Rodney Davis (R-IL) voted in support of a bipartisan emergency appropriations bill that provided additional funding for the National Guard, U.S. Capitol Police, and security improvements and COVID-19-related expenses for the Capitol Complex.
“This is a great example of what can happen when Republicans and Democrats come together to support our National Guard members and Capitol Police Officers,” said Rep. Davis. “This long overdue funding will prevent layoffs and furloughs in National Guard units across the country and ensure rank-and-file USCP officers continue to get paid. Because Congress acted, the Illinois National Guard will avoid a $31 million shortfall in funding, ensuring operational readiness. I hope Speaker Pelosi will learn from the Senate’s bipartisan success and follow suit when it comes to reforming our security posture on Capitol Hill.”
The appropriations bill, which was negotiated on a bipartisan basis in the Senate, today passed the Senate 98-0 and passed the House 416-11.
The legislation also included funding for the State Department and Department of Defense to help relocate Afghans who assisted U.S. and coalition forces in Afghanistan during Operations Enduring Freedom and Freedom’s Sentinel.
Major Gen. Rich Neely, commander of the Illinois National Guard, previously said the local impact of a loss in funding to the Illinois National Guard could be upwards of $31 million. Maj. Gen. Neely said that the loss in funding would force the Illinois National Guard to cancel their August and September drills, annual training, and laying off some full-time staff.Before the bipartisan deal was struck, Davis co-sponsored legislation, H.R. 4498, that would have appropriated over $520 million for the National Guard to reimburse them for expenses incurred protecting the Capitol after January 6.