Paul Pelosi was hospitalized due to the attack, and a Monday evening statement from Nancy Pelosi cited a potentially “long recovery process for her husband.”
Increasing resources for Capitol Police would likely require congressional approval. A spokesperson for Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said on Monday that congressional leaders would explore “every option available” in terms of a legislative response.
“We are developing options from which a request will be made. We continue to work with our stakeholders,” Manger added.
Lawmakers could add protections to a judicial privacy bill that’s already expected to be included in the annual defense policy package. The measure in its current form would allow federal judges to scrub their personal information like addresses and phone numbers from the internet, and Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) — who was attacked outside his home in 2017 — had been pushing to extend those protections to members of Congress.
“The attack on Paul Pelosi will hopefully draw bipartisan support to my years-long push to protect the addresses of members of Congress,” the Kentucky Republican said in a statement to POLITICO.
Threats to lawmakers have been on the rise for years, exacerbated by the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol. After the attempted insurrection, police opened two field offices in California and Florida designed to address, investigate and potentially assist prosecute violent threats to lawmakers.
Andrew Desiderio contributed to this report.