GOP urges members to vote against Capitol security bill

House GOP leaders are urging Republicans to vote against a $1.9 billion supplemental appropriations bill to bolster security at the Capitol in the wake of the Jan. 6 insurrection.

Republican leaders aren't conducting a formal whip effort against the bill ahead of Thursday's vote, but they are saying their members should vote against it, according to a spokesperson for House Minority Whip Steve ScaliseStephen (Steve) Joseph ScaliseRepublican governors revolt against CDC mask guidance House to resume mask mandate after new CDC guidance What you need to know about the new COVID-19 surge MORE (R-La.). Most Republicans are expected to oppose the legislation.

The vote comes a day after all but 35 House Republicans voted against legislation to establish a bipartisan commission to investigate the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol.


Rep. Kay GrangerNorvell (Kay) Kay GrangerHouse passes sprawling spending bill ahead of fall shutdown fight Funding fight imperils National Guard ops Lobbying world MORE (Texas), the top Republican on the House Appropriations Committee, said the Capitol security spending bill is a "one-sided solution" that doesn't have buy-in from the Senate.

"The bill we are considering today implements permanent recommendations before ongoing security assessments are complete," Granger said during House floor debate.

Granger also expressed concern with a provision in the bill allowing $200 million for a standing "quick reaction force" with the National Guard, saying that it raises "serious concerns about the role of our military on American soil."

The National Guard didn't arrive at the Capitol until hours after the mob began breaking in, leading lawmakers to propose a standalone unit that could quickly respond to emergencies.

Hundreds of supporters of former President TrumpDonald TrumpMeghan McCain: Democrats 'should give a little credit' to Trump for COVID-19 vaccine Trump testing czar warns lockdowns may be on table if people don't get vaccinated Overnight Health Care: CDC details Massachusetts outbreak that sparked mask update | White House says national vaccine mandate 'not under consideration at this time' MORE overwhelmed Capitol Police on Jan. 6, forcing the evacuation of Congress in one of the most serious security breaches in the Capitol's history. Five deaths were associated with the event, and numerous videos show members of the mob attacking police.


The legislation also includes $529 million for upgrading security at the Capitol, including a retractable fence, hardening doors and adding more security screening vestibules and cameras.

Another $40 million would go toward covering the costs of fixing physical damage to the Capitol inflicted by the violent mob trying to stop Congress from certifying President BidenJoe BidenCDC chief clarifies vaccine comments: 'There will be no nationwide mandate' Overnight Defense: First group of Afghan evacuees arrives in Virginia | Biden signs Capitol security funding bill, reimbursing Guard | Pentagon raises health protection level weeks after lowering it Biden urges local governments to stave off evictions MORE's Electoral College victory. Even more than four months later, some windows in the Capitol are still cracked and have yet to be replaced.

Sen. Richard ShelbyRichard Craig ShelbyThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden sets new vaccine mandate as COVID-19 cases surge Senate passes .1 billion Capitol security bill Democrats ramp up pressure for infrastructure deal amid time crunch MORE (Ala.), the top Republican on the Senate Appropriations Committee, said earlier this week that he was still reviewing the bill.

"We should go about it methodically, make sure that what we’re doing is the right thing to do. We don’t even have a [Capitol] police chief yet. You know and not just rush to judgement and throw a lot of money at something. We’ve got to do it and we’ve got to do it right. That’s my whole view," Shelby told reporters.