House adds security funding in wake of Scalise shooting

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Posted: Jun 27, 2017 5:43 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House has moved to provide lawmakers with a $25,000 allowance to take additional security steps in the wake of the shooting at a congressional baseball practice earlier this month.

The additional funding is intended to be used to beef up security, including at home-district offices and public appearances, and is available through the beginning of next year.

The stipend comes on top of office allowances averaging $1.3 million for travel, staff salaries and other expenses.

The additional funding swept through the House by a unanimous voice vote.

The shooting earlier this month raised concerns among lawmakers about the adequacy of their personal security, especially as politics in the U.S. has become hyper-polarized.

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise remains hospitalized after the shooting in Alexandria, Virginia.