Dozens Of Senators Issued Taxpayer-Funded Emergency Satellite Phones Amid Security Risks

  • More than half of U.S. Senators accepted taxpayer-funded emergency satellite phones as part of a series of new security measures implemented after the January 6 Capitol riot.
  • According to a CBS report, approximately 50 out of 100 sitting members of Congress received the technology amid growing concerns about hometown security risks or in the case of an emergency that could wipe out communications in the U.S.
  • During testimony before the Senate Appropriations Committee last month, Senate Sergeant at Arms Karen Gibson said officials would deploy satellite communication “to ensure a redundant and secure means of communication during a disruptive event.”
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