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The U.S. Capitol building and perimeter in Washington, D.C. on January 25, 2021, Photo: Diego M. Radzinschi/ALM

Multiple lawmakers referenced the siege on the Capitol during a hearing Wednesday on the federal judiciary’s funding request for fiscal year 2022. The judiciary is asking for an appropriation of $8.12 billion, a 5% increase from the amount federal courts received during the prior fiscal year. Of that amount, $100.3 million is being sought for judicial security, a nearly 5% increase from the past amount granted.

The federal judiciary has made security a top priority in the wake of last year’s murder of the son of U.S. District Judge Esther Salas by a disgruntled attorney who previously appeared in her court. Salas has since been a prominent advocate for improving judicial security, and the judiciary has thrown its weight behind proposed legislation to remove personally identifiable information of judicial officials from the internet. That bill stalled in the last Congress, but another attempt to pass it is expected to happen during this session.

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