At long last, one of the last external security measures put in place at the U.S. Capitol following a riot there Jan. 6 is coming down.
After months of pushback from Democrat leaders like House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (CA), Fox News reports that the last of the fencing surrounding the U.S. Capitol building is set to be removed from the Capitol grounds beginning later this week.
The news comes by way of Fox’s Chad Pergram, who wrote in a tweet Thursday that “the Capitol fence, encircling the immediate perimeter of the U.S. Capitol will come down starting July 8.”
“Free and open”
Pergram went on to explain that officials had installed “two layers of fencing blocking off the Capitol shortly after the January 6 riot.” The unrest saw thousands storm the Capitol as Congress was meeting to certify the results of the 2020 presidential race.
“Officials removed the larger perimeter of fencing in the spring,” Pergram said Thursday. “But the inner fence remained.”
Now, that inner fence is set to come down soon, a move being celebrated by lawmakers on both sides of the political aisle.
“This is the people’s House and this belongs to the American people. We want it to be free and open,” Virginia Rep. Don Beyer, a Democrat, told Fox in a recent interview.
“A better position”
Writing Thursday, Pergram noted that some insiders have expressed concern about security at the Capitol as the fencing is removed.
“Fox is told there are questions as to whether the U.S. Capitol Police have the resources to protect the Capitol. Many officers have left or remain injured. Morale remains very low after the riot,” the reporter said.
Pergram also quoted “one knowledgeable source on the issue” who reportedly said, “We don’t know that we are in a better position than we were on January 5.”
But Beyer, for his part, isn’t concerned about a potential breach.
“The House did pass a bill that would put a lot more money in the Capitol Police and the kind of training and the resources necessary if there were an attack. And I think that’ll be fine,” the Virginia Democrat told Fox.