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Congress considering Capitol Police request for 72 more officers: Amid increased concern about lawmakers’ safety in the wake of Wednesday’s shooting, Congress is considering a request from the U.S. Capitol Police to boost its budget by about $33 million to hire 72 more officers and ramp up security at congressional buildings and parking garages.

Police Chief Matthew Verderosa warned House members last month that there are not enough officers to “provide the complete and necessary resources to meet all of our mission requirements.” The department’s current budget has funding for 1,871 officers and 372 civilian employees.

Members of the House and Senate Appropriations committees are in the process of crafting legislation that will include money for the Capitol Police — funding that has become more urgent after a gunman shot and critically wounded House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., at a suburban Virginia ball field Wednesday morning as Republican lawmakers were practicing for the annual congressional baseball game. Four other people, including two Capitol Police officers, also were injured.

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Congress considering Capitol Police request for 72 more officers: Amid increased concern about lawmakers’ safety in the wake of Wednesday’s shooting, Congress is considering a request from the U.S. Capitol Police to boost its budget by about $33 million to hire 72 more officers and ramp up security at congressional buildings and parking garages.Police Chief Matthew Verderosa warned House members last month that there are not enough officers to “provide the complete and necessary resources to meet all of our mission requirements.” The department’s current budget has funding for 1,871 officers and 372 civilian employees.Members of the House and Senate Appropriations committees are in the process of crafting legislation that will include money for the Capitol Police — funding that has become more urgent after a gunman shot and critically wounded House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., at a suburban Virginia ball field Wednesday morning as Republican lawmakers were