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Congress passes bill to fund Capitol security, Afghan visas

Donald Trump supporters try to break through a police barrier on January 6, 2021, at the Capitol in Washington. As Congress prepares to affirm President-elect Joe Biden's victory, thousands of people have gathered to show their support for President Donal

Congress passed a bill that will help repay debts from the Jan. 6 insurrection and increase the number of visas for allies who worked in the Afghanistan war.

Posted: Jul 29, 2021 2:10 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress has overwhelmingly passed emergency legislation that will bolster security at the Capitol, repay outstanding debts from the violent Jan. 6 insurrection and increase the number of visas for allies who worked alongside Americans in the Afghanistan war.

The $2.1 billion bill now goes to President Joe Biden for his signature.

The Senate approved the legislation early Thursday afternoon, 98-0, and the House passed it immediately afterward, 416-11.

Senators struck a bipartisan agreement on the legislation this week, two months after the House had passed a bill that would have provided around twice as much for Capitol security.

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