January 7, 2021 – House Appropriations Committee Chair Rosa DeLauro (D-CT-03) and House Legislative Branch Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Tim Ryan (D-OH) released the following statement announcing an Appropriations Committee review of the law enforcement response to yesterday’s coup attempt:

“The coup attempt at the Capitol yesterday was instigated by President Trump and responsibility for the violence rests with him and his supporters who ransacked the People’s House. However, the breach of the Capitol raises serious questions about what law enforcement did and what they should have done differently.

“We recognize the bravery of the Capitol Police and law enforcement officers who protected Members and essential workers in the Capitol Complex yesterday. At the same time, it is obvious that there was a severe systemic failure in securing the building’s perimeter and in the response once the building was breached.

“To ensure the safety of those who work and visit here, we must get to the bottom of these breakdowns and prevent them from ever happening again. The Legislative Branch Appropriations Subcommittee, which funds the Capitol Police, is robustly investigating yesterday’s events, including with hearings to directly question key leaders about what went wrong.”

Background: Through its Legislative Branch Subcommittee, the Appropriations Committee funded the Capitol Police at more than $516 million in fiscal year 2021.