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Quigley Statement on Passage of Emergency Security Supplemental

May 20, 2021
Press Release
Quigley to insurrection apologists, “You embody the new, twisted world.”

Today, U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05), Chairman of the Financial Services and General Government Subcommittee, released the following statement after the passage of the Emergency Security Supplemental to Respond to January 6th Appropriations Act:

“The January 6 attack and subsequent attacks on the Capitol have provided stark evidence of the need to improve the physical security of the Capitol complex and other federal buildings. As chair of the FSGG Subcommittee, I proudly champion measures in this legislation to enhance the security of our federal courts and assess the security of all our federal building. We must protect our democratic institutions, so no elected official or public servant ever goes to work scared to execute their Constitutional duty,” said Quigley. “Additionally, the burden to defend the Capitol on January 6 was shouldered disproportionately by the District of Columbia. The FSGG Subcommittee also included provisions in this bill to reimburse D.C. for these expenses.”

Earlier today, Quigley spoke on the floor of the House of Representatives in support of the legislation. During his remarks, he slammed Republicans who have tried to downplay the January 6 attack saying in part, “For those who would vote against the Commission or did, for those who would deny there was an insurrection, for those who would vote against this bill to protect us—you embody the new, twisted world.”

A clip of Quigley’s remarks criticizing Republicans is available HERE.

Video of Quigley’s full speech is available HERE and a transcript of his complete remarks is available below:

The January 6 attack obviously revealed the flaws in the security of the Capitol.

Subsequent attacks on the Capitol complex have provided further stark evidence of the need to improve the physical security of the Capitol complex and other federal buildings.

The Supplemental provides vital, urgently needed funding for security within the jurisdiction of the Financial Services and General Government subcommittee.

In this chamber, I remember one of my colleagues asking when would the cavalry arrive—well, the closest thing to the cavalry arriving was the DC’s Metropolitan Police Department.

The courage and dedication of the MPD in defending the Members and the Capitol, and our democracy, saved lives and helped this Congress return to business more quickly.

This bill includes funding to reimburse MPD for the costs associated with the events of the sixth as well as other costs they have incurred due to the federal presence in this district, because we cannot allow the District of Columbia to shoulder the burden of defending Congress on their own.

In the aftermath of the events of the sixth, all Federal buildings and employees face additional increased security threats.

This bill provides funding for additional security expenses for federal judges, federal court facilities, including security upgrades to exterior perimeter security camera systems at priority federal courthouses.

This bill also includes General Services Administration buildings—we must provide funding to conduct security assessments of Federal buildings including blast mitigation and collapse studies, taking the first steps in being able to address security vulnerabilities.

No one should have to go to work afraid for their safety – none more than our public servants.

We must protect our democratic institutions – Congress, the Courts – and all federal agencies – so no elected official or public servant ever goes to work scared to execute their Constitutional duty.

These threats are real, they are happening now, and lives are at stake.

We cannot wait and must move quickly to pass this bill.

For those who would vote against the Commission or did, for those who would deny there was an insurrection, for those who would vote against this bill to protect us—you embody the new, twisted world.

We grew up believing the phrase, “I’ll believe it when I see it.”

You embody the phrase, “I’ll see it when I believe it.”

God help us.

And I yield back.