Despite $460 Mil Budget for Capitol Cops, Pelosi Wants More Money
This is a joke. Right?
The Capitol Police have over 2,000 sworn officers and they're the 19th largest police force in America. If that's not enough to protect a few buildings, then maybe it's time to ask some serious questions about the competence and corruption of the key players in this mess.
The Capitol Police have over 2,000 sworn officers. A police force dedicated to protecting Capitol Hill has more personnel in its service than the police forces of most of the country.
Congress' private cops are the 19th largest police force in the country. It’s a larger force than the police forces of Atlanta, Baltimore, Denver, or Milwaukee with a massive $460 million budget.
While Democrats advocated defunding the police, their private police force budget shot up from $375 million in 2016 to $460 million in 2020. After the Capitol Hill riot, expect it to go higher.
How much higher? Pelosi is clamoring for more cash.
Speaker Pelosi said they have "drafts" of security proposals, but protecting the Capitol properly will require more funding.
“It's going to take more money to protect the Capitol in a way that enables people to come here — children to come and see our democracy in action, all of you to cover what happens here safely, members to be comfortable that they are safe when they are here," Pelosi added.
Congress already has one of the largest police forces in the country to protect what is the equivalent of a small town. A very small town.
Almost half a billion dollars is being spent to protect a single legislative body and its staffers.
The growth of congressional staffers is another of the underreported stories about big government.
"Staff levels in House Member offices have grown from 6,556 in 1977 to 6,880 in 2016,"
Of those 3,695 staffers were working in D.C.
"In 2016, there were 2,342 staff in Senators’ DC offices, an increase of 13.25% from the 1977 level"
So we're dealing with about 6,000 people who need 2,000 sworn officers protecting them. That's 1 cop per 3 congressional staffers.
And with 535 members of the House and Senate, we've got 4 cops for each one of them.
But of course that's not enough. It's never enough even though it's the highest police ratio in the country.