Crow Helps Pass Supplemental Funding Package to Reimburse National Guard & U.S. Capitol Police After January 6th Insurrection, Protect Afghan Interpreters and other Partners

July 29, 2021
Press Release

Bipartisan legislation includes parts of Crow’s HOPE for Afghan SIVs Act and ALLIES Act to expedite visa process for Afghan Partners 

WASHINGTON - Today, Rep. Jason Crow (D-CO) voted to pass H.R. 3237, the Emergency Security Supplemental to Respond to January 6th Appropriations Act. This bipartisan $2.1 billion package includes critical funding to support U.S. Capitol Police, reimburse the National Guard deployed to Capitol Hill after January 6th, and protect Afghan interpreters and other partners who are at risk as the U.S. withdraws troops from Afghanistan. 

“After January 6th, National Guard units from across the country, including Colorado, deployed to Washington. They served alongside our United States Capitol Police to protect our democracy and keep the Capitol safe. The bipartisan security supplemental we passed today provides the funding to ensure both the National Guard and Capitol Police can maintain mission readiness,” said Jason Crow. “I am incredibly grateful that the supplemental includes the HOPE Act to temporarily waive the medical examination for our Afghan partners and core components of the ALLIES Act to expedite the visa process. As the U.S. withdraws troops from Afghanistan, this legislation will allow us to honor our promises and protect those who served alongside us.”

The emergency security supplemental ensures that both the National Guard and Capitol Police have the resources and support to fulfill their missions, including:

  • $521 million to reimburse the National Guard;
  • $70.7 million for Capitol Police to support overtime, more officers, hazard pay, and retention bonuses for the Capitol Police;
  • $35.4 million for the Capitol Police for mutual aid agreements with local, state, and federal law enforcement for securing the Capitol; and 
  • $300 million to secure the Capitol complex.

Last week, the House passed the ALLIES Act, bipartisan legislation introduced by Crow to increase the visa cap for our Afghan partners and expedite the Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) process. In June, the House passed the HOPE for Afghan SIVs Act, Crow’s legislation to temporarily waive the medical examination requirement for SIV applicants, which is cost prohibitive and difficult for many applicants to safely receive. 

The emergency security supplemental includes core provisions of both the ALLIES and HOPE for Afghan SIVs Act.

 Specifically, H.R. 3237 would:

  • Provide $1.125 billion for Afghan refugee assistance, including evacuations, visa process, humanitarian aid, and medical care; 
  • Increase the number of authorized visas by 8,000, covering  all potentially eligible applicants currently in the pipeline; 
  • Change the employment requirement for eligibility from two years to one year;
  • Temporarily postpone the medical examination requirement until the applicant and their family have arrived safely in the United States;
  • Remove the requirement for International Security Assistance Force or Resolute Support employment to be “sensitive and trusted”, expanding the field of qualified applicants; and 
  • Strengthen protections for surviving spouses and children, allowing them to retain eligibility if the primary SIV applicant dies before visa approval.