Republicans in Congress are set to vote on a bill to give their districts a $1.6 billion, one-time cash infusion from the federal government.
The legislation, titled “An Act to Provide For an Emergency Aid Fund for the District of Columbia,” would also allow for a one-year extension of the National Guard for the National Capital Region.
“The nation’s capital is in the midst of a national crisis,” the bill states.
“Congress must provide emergency funding for the capital region to prevent additional tragedies, not only in D.C., but all across the country.”
The bill also would create a task force to address the capital’s “emergency needs” and make recommendations for a federal capital plan, including funding to build a new Capitol and expand public transit, the Washington Post reported.
The bill was co-sponsored by Reps.
Pete Olson (R-TX), Raul Labrador (R, ID), and Raul Grijalva (D, AZ), along with Sens.
Joe Manchin (D-WV), Claire McCaskill (D), and Jeff Merkley (D).
The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.