Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Members Weigh Costs of Security

Members Weigh Costs of Security : Roll Call

Members are pitching a broad range of ideas to increase their security in the wake of an assassination attempt on one of their own. If any of the proposals come to fruition, one uncomfortable reality is certain: It will cost money.

For a new Republican majority elected to rein in government spending, the perceived need for more Member security could set up tricky votes on whether to spend more taxpayer money on themselves.

Speaker John Boehner met with Sergeant-at-Arms Bill Livingood on Tuesday afternoon to discuss a “security overview” in the runup to today’s closed-door security briefing for Members.

But when asked about the spending issue Tuesday, the Ohio Republican sidestepped committing to any funding spikes.

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