O’Halleran Votes to Fund Capitol Police
WASHINGTON — Last night, Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01) voted to pass H.R. 4373, the Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 State-Foreign Operations funding bill and H.R. 4346, the FY 2022 Legislative Branch Appropriations, a bill to provide annual funding for the Legislative Branch of the U.S. Government, including the U.S. House of Representatives and the Capitol Police.
“I was proud to vote in favor of last night's appropriations bills and ensure that our brave Capitol Police Officers have the resources they need to continue to keep Capitol complex members, staff, and themselves safe, as well as funding to ensure that Israel is able to defend herself from attacks,” said O'Halleran.
Tonight’s legislative branch funding package includes
- $603.9 million for the Capitol Police, allowing for the hiring of up to 2,112 sworn officers and 450 civilian members of the Capitol Police;
- $9.3 million for the Wounded Warrior Program to ensure the hiring of medically-retired veterans for good-paying jobs;
- $729.3 million for the Government Accountability Office, the nonpartisan office tasked with helping to ensure ethics and good governance; and
- a provision preventing Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA) for Members of Congress in 2022.
In addition to funding the Legislative Branch, H.R. 4346 includes language directing the Architect of the Capitol to obtain and display on the West Front of the Capitol building a plaque honoring by name all of the U.S. Capitol Police and D.C. Metropolitan Police officers who served at the Capitol in response to January 6.
H.R. 4373 includes $1.6 billion to promote a free and open Indo-Pacific and help counter the growing influence of the People’s Republic of China in developing countries, $3.3 billion in funding for Israel, and $10.6 billion in Future Pandemic Prevention aid to support the health of families and communities around the world.