Proposal to build permanent fence around the Capitol meets resistance

华盛顿州 A recommendation from the acting chief of the US Capitol Police for permanent fencing and other enhanced security measures around the US Capitol in the aftermath of the January 6 insurrection has been met with resistance from lawmakers on both sides of the aisle and from the mayor of Washington.

Acting chief Yogananda Pittman proposed permanent fencing in a statement provided to reporters Thursday, but DC Mayor Muriel Bowser quickly slammed the idea and said the city will notaccept extra troops or permanent fencing as a long-term fixture in DC.
The proposal for permanent fencing comes weeks after a pro-Trump mob attacked the Capitol, 离开 5 people dead and extensive damage to the property.
In light of recent events, I can unequivocally say that vast improvements to the physical security infrastructure must be made to include permanent fencing, and the availability of ready, back-up forces in close proximity to the Capitol,” Pittman said.
    她继续: “I look forward to working with Congress on identifying the security improvements necessary to ensure the safety and security of the Congress and the U.S. 国会大厦。”
    Bowser acknowledged the need for extra security for upcoming events but made it clear she did not want those enhanced measures to be permanent.
    Based on conversations with federal partners, there are some potentially volatile events upcoming that will require extra security. Fencing and the presence of troops will be a part of that,” Bowser tweeted. “But we will not accept extra troops or permanent fencing as a long-term fixture in DC. When the time is right, the fencing around the White House and U.S. 国会大厦, just like the plywood we’ve seen on our businesses for too long, will be taken down.
    民主代表. Jake Auchincloss, a Massachusetts freshman, tweeted that it would be amistake to turn the home of our democracy into a fortress. The Capitol needs to be safely open for constituents, 按, and visitors.
    代表. 埃莉斯·斯特法尼克(Elise Stefanik), a New York Republican, also spoke out against the idea on Twitter. “This is the People’s House. I am adamantly opposed. There has been no threat briefing given to Members of Congress to justify this proposal,” 她发了推文.
    众议院议长南希·佩洛西 — who told reporters earlier Thursday that the enemy is within the House of Representativesdid not immediately respond to CNN’s request for comment on the fencing.
      The California Democrat met with retired Lt. 根. Russel Honoré, who is conducting a security review of the Capitol, on Thursday but provided few details.
      I was pleased to be briefed on the General’s initial assessment which covered operational readiness, interagency cooperation, security infrastructure and the morale and readiness of institutional staff. As we consider the need for an emergency supplemental funding bill to meet institutional security needs, I want to thank the General for reviewing what is necessary for the Capitol Police to do their jobs,” Pelosi said in a statement Thursday afternoon.