Senate Includes $23 Million for Police in Supplemental
The Senate Appropriations Committee unveiled its version of the fiscal 2005 supplemental spending bill Wednesday, including in it more than $23 million in additional funds for the Capitol Police Department.
An aide to Appropriations Chairman Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) said the bill would provide the law enforcement agency with an additional $10 million for salaries, including funds for an additional 50 officers.
The legislation also sets aside $13.3 million for general expenses, including “emergency security requirements.”
The funds amount to less than half of the $59.5 million supplemental sought by Capitol Police Chief Terrance Gainer — who outlined his request for $36.5 million for salaries and $23 million for expenses in a January letter to the Office of Management and Budget — but exceed the House’s plan, which did not provide any additional funds to the 1,600-officer department.
A police spokesman did not immediately return a telephone call seeking comment Wednesday evening.
— Jennifer Yachnin