GOP proposes emergency funding for Capitol police

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U.S. Capitol Police officers salute as the remains of Officer Brian Sicknick are carried down the steps of the Capitol after laying in honor in the Rotunda on February 3, 2021 in Washington, D.C. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

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Republican senators have proposed emergency funding for the U.S. Capitol Police amid a stalemate on a larger security bill.

On Friday, Alabama Republican Sen. Richard Shelby suggested Congress pass emergency funding for Capitol Police, saying the department is in desperate need of funding. Republicans have proposed nearly $100 million in additional funding for the USCP.

“We should pass now what we all agree on: The Capitol Police and National Guard are running out of money, the clock is ticking, and we need to take care of them,” said Shelby.

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 08: Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL) listens as U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken testifies during a Senate Appropriations subcommittee hearing on the Department of State budget request on June 08, 2021 in Washington, DC. Blinken spoke on the Department will handle climate change, the COVID-19 pandemic and U.S. competition with China. (Photo by Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images)

Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) listens as U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken testifies during a Senate Appropriations subcommittee hearing on the Department of State budget request on June 08, 2021 in Washington, D.C. (Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images)

This comes as a $1.9 billion emergency supplemental package was stalled in the Senate after being passed through the House in May.

Meanwhile, U.S. Capitol Police may need to furlough its officers soon if Congress does not provide them with the additional funding. The lack of funds stem from staffing shortages propelled by low morale, which have led to a significant increase in overtime pay.

On Friday, reports said Congress would need to pass a bill providing the agency with nearly $2 billion of supplemental security funding. As it stands, salary funds are at risk of running out in mid-August and Congress would need to pass funding legislation by Sept.

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