House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is about to drop a new and expensive bill to fund increased security on Capitol Hill, Fox News reports.
But as the House’s top Democrat prepares to unveil the lofty measure, which has been reported to cost roughly $2 billion, serious questions have arisen about the man whose recommendations provided the foundation for it.
“We’re talking about money”
Speaking with CBS’s Face the Nation on Sunday, Pelosi said her caucus would soon be moving forward on the funding bill. “We’ll put it forth when it is ready, and it is just about ready now,” she said, according to Fox.
Pelosi had tasked retired Army Lt. Gen. Russel Honoré with making security recommendations for the Capitol in the wake of a riot there on Jan. 6, the day Congress met to certify the results of the 2020 election.
“I’m talking about General Honoré’s suggestions about what are needed,” the long-serving San Francisco Democrat told CBS, as Fox reported. “There has been a report about shortcomings in the Capitol Police that must be addressed.”
She went on: “We’re talking about money, and we want to make sure it is the appropriate amount, nothing less than we need but nothing more than we need and appropriately prioritized to, again, open up the Capitol so that it is the temple of democracy that it is, that people can come and be there with adequate protection.”
Pelosi adds: “We’re ready to go forward”, suggesting no need to wait until a probe is complete. pic.twitter.com/KsJ8nYKSFC
— Face The Nation (@FaceTheNation) April 11, 2021
“An extreme partisan”
The speaker’s comments came on the heels of an earlier interview with ABC News’ This Week in which Honoré claimed that the Capitol “is the most important building in America, because it’s the seat of our democracy.”
“If that building and the people in it don’t function, we no longer have democracy. And whatever price we have to pay to protect it, we need to do it,” he said, according to Fox.
But the words rang hollow to many Republicans, who have scrutinized Honoré over his comments in the wake of January’s riot suggesting U.S. Capitol Police were “complicit” in the unrest.
“General Honoré is an extreme partisan and should be the LAST person to head up an investigation of what happened at the Capitol on Jan 6th,” Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson (R) said, according to a separate report from Fox.
Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley (R) expressed disapproval as well, calling some of the retired general’s comments “downright crazy,” as Fox reported.