Capitol Police ask for more funding to protect members of Congress and visitors – Alabama News

Capitol Police ask for more funding to protect members of Congress and visitors – Alabama News

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WASHINGTON — In the wake of a shooting earlier this month that left a congressman and others injured, heads of agencies tasked with protecting members of Congress asked for more money Thursday to fight against threats, including cyber attacks.

“I believe that in the environment in which we operate, it will be necessary to provide increased coverage for member events going forward,” Capitol Police Chief Matthew Verderosa told the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on the Legislative Branch. “Around the world and even in the shadow of the Capitol Dome, we are seeing the nature of threats changing.”

Verderosa and Senate Sergeant-at-Arms Frank Larkin told the committee both agencies need more money to beef up security on Capitol grounds and defend against increasing cybersecurity threats.

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“This is a knife fight that’s not going to end anytime soon,” said Larkin, noting increasing cybersecurity attacks. “This institution is not immune from that.’’

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