Capitol Police warns officers may be furloughed unless Congress approves funds

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The United States Capitol Police Department is at risk of having to furlough tens to hundreds of officers in coming weeks if Congress doesn’t pass additional funding, according to a report on Friday.

The account used to pay officers’ salaries is dwindling, partly due to the amount of overtime officers have incurred, hazard pay and retention bonuses and trauma support needed in the wake of the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol, according to Punchbowl News. 

The news comes as a House-passed $1.9 billion supplemental funding bill aimed at beefing up security — including additional funding for the Capitol Police — in the wake of the Jan. 6 riot remains stalled in the Senate. 

Without Congress authorizing additional funds, the USCP would not receive additional funding until after Sept. 30, when the current fiscal year expires. 

As the Capitol Police continue to struggle with staffing issues and low morale following the riot, it was noted that additional funding to keep salaries afloat could be transferred to tamp down on potential furloughs. 

The agency has said it is working with Congress to ensure its needs are met. 

“The United States Capitol Police continues to advise and work with our oversight committees, so that the Department can secure the Capitol, Members and staff within our funded levels,” a USCP spokesperson said in a statement. “Supporting our workforce while carrying out our mission remains a high priority.”

While fiscal issues remain, Acting Capitol Police Chief Yogananda Pittman recently laid out the strides the department has been taking to ensure another breach of the Capitol does not happen, including expanding operations outside the Capitol and better coordinating intelligence sharing between agencies. 

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