07/29/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 07/30/2021 09:46
WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine released the following statement applauding the unanimous Senate passage of a $2.1 billion supplemental security spending package that includes much-needed funding for the U.S. Capitol Police (USCP) and the National Guard following the January 6 attack on the Capitol. In addition, the package includes funding for the Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) Program to relocate Afghan nationals who supported the U.S. mission during the Afghanistan war:
'We were glad to vote in favor of this supplemental security spending package today, especially following the attack on the Capitol on January 6,' said the Senators. 'In addition to providing much-needed funding for the USCP and the National Guard to help keep our Capitol safe, we're glad to see $1.125 billion go towards helping resettle Afghan nationals who risked their lives to support the U.S. during the war in Afghanistan. We will continue working in Congress to support our law enforcement, our military, and others who have made tremendous sacrifices for our nation.'
The $2.1 billion bipartisan agreement includes:
A summary of the bill can be found here.
Senators Warner and Kaine have been longtime supporters of the Afghan Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) program, which enables Afghans who risked their lives supporting the U.S. to escape dangers they face due to their service to our nation.