U.S. Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) today voted in favor of the Emergency Security Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021, legislation that includes measures to enhance security at the U.S. Capitol, support staffing needs of the U.S. Capitol Police, reimburse the National Guard for service following January 6, and aid Afghans who have assisted U.S. missions. The package passed the Senate by a vote of 98-0.
“The brave men and women of the U.S. Capitol Police work tirelessly to keep the Capitol and the lives of those inside of it safe. Their heroic actions—and sacrifice—have been on full display this year. It’s important that Congress now fulfills its most basic duty to the Capitol Police by ensuring they have the funding necessary to pay their officers and secure the Capitol complex,” said Senator Romney. “I am especially proud that this security funding bill honors the life of my friend, Officer Howie Liebengood, by designating the wellness program of the Capitol Police as the ‘Howard C. Liebengood Center for Wellness.’
“When the nation needs help, Utahns answer the call. Following the events of January 6, members of the Utah National Guard and guard members around the country left their homes, jobs, and loved ones to travel to Washington in service to our country—supporting security efforts and importantly, protecting our democracy. The security funding bill will reimburse the National Guard for their vital support,” Romney continued.
“Also included in this bill is support for the Afghans who risked their lives, and the lives of their families, in aid of the U.S. over the past two decades. Many of these Afghans have safeguarded the lives of American troops. We have a moral obligation to assist these brave men and women,” Romney concluded.