Senate Passes $2.1 Billion Bill To Secure Capitol, Assist Afghan Allies With Visas
The Senate passed a $2.1 billion bill to grow security measures at the Capitol and to repay outstanding debts from the January 6 insurrection.
The $2.1 billion will also help increase the number of visas for allies that assisted U.S. troops in Afghanistan.
The House is expected to vote on the legislation in the next few days.
The legislation is expected to boost personal protection for lawmakers who have seen death threats since the insurrection took place. New security cameras are expected to be installed as well.
The National Guard is looking at being reimbursed nearly $521 million for the thousands of troops that protected the Capitol for more than four months.
For the allies in Afghanistan, the bill would allow 8,000 additional visas and provide $500 million for their emergency transportation, housing and other essential services.
The Pentagon says the troop withdrawal is more than 95% complete and will be finished by August 31.