House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the chamber will likely allocate more money for members of Congress to invest in additional security to protect them from the likes of violent rioters who stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6 — but also from the “enemy” within the House.
“We will probably need a supplemental [budget] for more security for members when the enemy is within the House of Representatives — a threat that members are concerned about in addition to what is happening outside,” Pelosi said during her weekly news conference Thursday at the Capitol.
When asked for clarification on what she means about the enemy within, Pelosi specifically called out fellow members of Congress.
“It means we have members of Congress who want to bring guns on the floor and have threatened violence on other members of Congress,” Pelosi said.
Pelosi’s comments came after 32 members of Congress wrote to House leadership Thursday about members facing a “significant uptick in threats of violence and even death.”
The letter obtained by Fox News asks House leadership for flexibility in using their office funds to hire local law enforcement to protect them while in their district and to purchase “security items” to keep them safe at home. They also want the House to allocate supplemental funds for security “given the increased threat level.”
The letter, led by Reps. Josh Gottheimer, D-N. J., and Dean Phillips, D-Minn., also asks for regular security briefings, an independent review of security protocols, help to keep members’ personal addresses private and legal recourse when their private information is published without permission.
Pelosi said most of the items on their list have already been addressed with Pelosi tasking retired Lt. Gen. Russel Honoré with leading a review of the U. S. Capitol’s security and new guidance already issued to allow members to use their office budget funds to purchase things like bulletproof vests and security guards at local events.
She said members will be receiving updated security guidance from the House’s acting sergeant-at-arms on Thursday.
“General Honoré is looking to see what really will work in terms of their service here, their service home, their transportation in between,” Pelosi said of enhanced safety measures.
Pelosi blamed former President Trump for inciting the violence at the Capitol on Jan. 6 and for members’ ongoing security threats. The House already impeached Trump on Jan. 13 for “incitement of insurrection.”
“This is very, very important,” Pelosi said of security concerns. “It shouldn’t be. It shouldn’t be that not only is the president of the United States inciting an insurrection but keeps fanning the flames endangering the security of members of Congress to the point that they’re even concerned about members in the House of Representatives being a danger to them.”
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