Security is hardly a luxury, Rep. Jared Polis said about proposed cuts in the legislative branch appropriations bill.
“The security assessments that the Sergeant-at-Arms paid for for all of our offices were very, very telling. But to implement the recommendations for the safety of our constituents and Members and staffs, it’s going to cost some funds,” the Democrat said. “The MRA is not sufficient.”
Bishop has proposed an amendment to the legislative branch bill that would reassign $1 million from a fund used to assist freshmen in procuring furniture to create a fund within the Capitol Police to assist in paying for district security upgrades.
Sergeant-at-Arms spokeswoman Kerri Hanley said that no matter where the budget ends up, the agency would “be able to fully execute our security mission” and that they will help Members efficiently spend their money.
“We will coordinate the provision of professional security assistance to Members by conducting surveys and reviewing office selection options, security systems and policies to aid them in achieving the best value for their security dollars spent,” Hanley said in an email.
Republicans said that is the real lesson of the budget cut: Do more with less.
Rep. Michael Grimm, a former FBI agent, said Members can mitigate the security impact of the cuts by raising their awareness when they are at home.
“We have to be a little more efficient but also a little more diligent so the Capitol Police has less work,” the New York Republican said. “None of that costs money.”
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.