The remaining fence surrounding the U.S. Capitol will start to come down on July 8, Fox News is told.
Officials installed a two layers of fencing blocking off the Capitol shortly after the Jan. 6 incident. they removed the larger perimeter of fencing in March, but the inner fencing remained.
The National Guard was also deployed to D.C. in the wake of the riot, and at its peak some 5,200 Guardsmen stood watch at the Capitol. The last remaining Guard members left on May 23.
Still, Fox News was told there are questions as to whether the U.S. Capitol Police have the resources to protect the Capitol.
“We don’t know that we are in a better position than we were on January 5,” cautioned one knowledgeable source on the issue.
A number of lawmakers said they agree that it is time to take down the fence.
“This is the people’s House and this belongs to the American people. We want it to be free and open,” Democratic Rep. Don Beyer, Va., told Fox News. “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.
“It’s also is a terrible signal,” Beyer continued. “As we call it, Baghdad on the Potomac, we don’t want this to be like the Green Zone.”
Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Ala. said the fence is “pure politics.”
“The fence is one of the ways they justify continuing to talk about January 6. Is there still some threat? They’ve got us walking through magnetometers. Members of Congress are no threat to each other, but they want to keep the focus on what happened on January 6. And then somehow Trump is still a problem out there that Americans are concerned about. And we’re just not. This is just, it’s pure politics.””
“This fence is in no way going to be needed now or in the future.”
This is an excerpt from Fox News.
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