In the wake of the Jan. 6 Capitol violence, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) played a role in calling for a protective, prison-like fence to be installed around the Capitol complex, which was met with criticism over the following weeks and months, given that none of the reported “threats” ever came to fruition.
According to the Washington Examiner, it was recently announced that the outer ring of the fencing is finally being removed and should be finished by the end of the month. However, those in charge of security with concern to the U.S. Capitol, which includes Pelosi, have announced that both the Capitol and U.S. Senate offices will remain closed to the public for the foreseeable future.
An inner-ring of security fencing will reportedly stay in place indefinitely, though unlike what some predicted, there hasn’t been any security events since Jan. 6.
“The inner perimeter fence, around the Capitol Building, is still in place, while the Department works with our congressional stakeholders and law enforcement partners to strengthen our security posture,” a statement from the U.S. Capitol police said, according to The Hill.
Registered visitors and staffers who come to the complex and to the Senate offices for official business will be guided through barricaded checkpoints, according to a memo reportedly sent to staffers on the Hill by Capitol Police.
A number of Republicans have expressed concern and lodged complaints about the current security situation at the Capitol, claiming that it prevents constituents from visiting and disrupts organizations and other groups from entering the complex to observe the day-to-day business that takes place there.
“No constituents can come and see us. No groups or organizations can come and see us. Nobody can sit in the gallery and watch us. They’re not having regular committee hearings. They’re cramming all this stuff through,” said Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ).
Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) has also been publicly critical of the intense security measures still in place, calling it a “joke” while saying that “closing the People’s House to the people is an evolutionary cul-de-sac.”
Many on social media and in the halls of Congress have suggested that Pelosi is encouraging the seemingly overdone security measures as nothing more than a fear-mongering political tactic, which is an opinion that, at this point, would be difficult with which to disagree.