March 1 – Since the riots in early January 2021, security facilities such as fences and barbed wire outside the U.S. Congress have not been dismantled, and people’s access to Congress have become a problem.
This has caused great dissatisfaction among Washington people and officials, and many people have asked Congress to remove these facilities and restore work and life to normal.
According to the Washington Post on the 1st, the fence has been erected outside Congress for nearly two months, and officials from both parties and residents of Washington have become more and more angry about these “unsightly” facilities.
Not only are many people unable to enter Congress because of the fence, but in the eyes of some MPs, they are also sealed in it.” It’s like working in a low-security prison.” Rep. Amody, R-Nevada, expressed his dissatisfaction to congressional police.
At the same time, the working life of the local people near Congress has been seriously disrupted, including commuting, cycling exercise, dog pots and picnics.
Many people signed petitions, posted slogans everywhere and contacted officials to try to change the situation.
Capitol Police Commissioner Pittman and House Acting Security Officer Blojette said they would need to make multiple assessments of congressional security before deciding whether to remove the fence, but the facilities will remain until President Biden’s first speech to Congress due to the threat of violence from militia organizations.
However, the date of the speech has not been determined, and some parliamentarians have begun to question whether the severity of the threat requires such security measures to respond.
Democratic Senator Tim Kane also said that the briefings given by Congressional security on the threat lacked details.” This vague information about the threat is not enough, and it doesn’t mean that we should keep these fences all the time.” Kane said, “Senators are asking questions: What is the plan like? We want the date, we want the timetable.
We need to understand what exactly happened, but they won’t provide it.”