Chairman Harper: The Safety and Security of Everyone is Our Highest Priority

Jun 27, 2017

WASHINGTON – Committee on House Administration Chairman Gregg Harper (R-Miss.) issued the following statement upon the passage of H.Res.411, a resolution providing additional funds to the Members’ Representational Allowance. Chairman Harper said:

“This month, our congressional community was impacted by a terrible, senseless attack committed by an armed gunman who opened fire at a practice for the annual Congressional Baseball Game. We are grateful for the heroic efforts displayed by Special Agents Crystal Griner and David Bailey, who selflessly acted to protect the lives of all those on the ballfield. 

“While federal law enforcement continues to investigate this attack, our committee has been listening to Members and their concerns regarding the safety of their constituents, staffers, as well as themselves. The safety and security of everyone is our highest priority. In consultation with House Leadership, House Sergeant at Arms, U.S. Capitol Police, and House Appropriations Legislative Branch Subcommittee Chairman Kevin Yoder, I introduced this resolution, with bipartisan support, to provide an important increase to each Member’s Representational Allowance for security. Each Member will receive an additional $25,000 in their office’s 2017 budget to address security concerns related to their official duties.

“We will continue to work closely with the Capitol Police and the House Sergeant at Arms on any potential threats or security issues brought to our attention by Members and their staff.”