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US House Approves $25K Budget Boost for Each Congress Member's Security

The U.S. House approved a plan to add $25,000 to the 2017 office budgets of all 435 of its members.

The money would be used to bolster office security or personal security when they're outside the protective shield of the U.S. Capitol building.

Rep. Steve Scalise, House majority whip from Louisiana, was among the wounded in a shooting spree as he practiced in Alexandria with fellow Republicans for the congressional baseball game.

“While federal law enforcement continues to investigate this attack, our committee has been listening to members and their concerns regarding the safety of their constituents, staffers, as well as themselves,” Committee on House Administration Chairman Gregg Harper (R-Miss.) said in a statement.

The U.S. Capitol Police chief will testify before a Senate panel Thursday to request a budget boost for his police force to help deal with the rising number of threats against members of Congress.

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