Congressman Al Green (D-TX-09) and Congressman David Schweikert (R-AZ-06) Introduce H. Res. 530 to Increase Security Funding for Members of Congress

Aug 1, 2019

(Washington, D.C.) – On Tuesday, July 30, 2019, Congressman Al Green and Congressman David Schweikert introduced H. Res. 530 to increase security funding for Member of Congress. This bipartisan effort is in response to increased threats to the safety and well-being of Members of Congress.

Congressman Green says, “According to Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund in his July 2019 testimony before the House Administration Committee, there have been over 2,500 credible threats to Members of Congress this year alone. That number continues to grow. We must ensure adequate protection before any threat becomes a fatal reality.

“This is why I have introduced H. Res. 530 to increase security funding for Members of Congress. In the past, some of these credible threats of violence and death have resulted in physical attacks against Members, their staff, and the public around them. This was the case in the 2011 Tucson shooting and the 2017 shooting at the Members’ practice for the annual Congressional Baseball game.

“I sincerely thank Representative David Schweikert (R-AZ) for his bipartisan support of this resolution. I look forward to working with him to increase funding for the protection of not only Members of Congress but also their staffs and the innocent bystanders who may be in venues with Members of Congress.”

“Ensuring our families and staff are safe is always on our mind as Members of Congress.” said Congressman David Schweikert. “This legislation helps implement the recommendations made by Capitol Police, and I thank my colleague Congressman Al Green for taking these safety concerns seriously, and for his bipartisan work to make safety a priority.”