In a statement made on Thursday, Pittman said the security at the Capitol building must include a fortified “permanent fencing” barrier; a barrier similar to the one recently halted by one of President Joe Biden’s Executive Orders at the U.S.-Mexico border.
“As I noted earlier this week, even before September 11, 2001, security experts argued that more needed to be done to protect the U.S. Capitol,” Pittman said in a statement. “In fact, a 2006 security assessment specifically recommended the installation of a permanent perimeter fence around the Capitol.”
“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 continued.
Fencing with barbed wire at the top has already surrounded the Capitol Building complex for several weeks now, originally intended to protect Biden during his January 20th inaugural ceremonies. In addition, other barriers have also gone up around the Washington, DC area to limit public access to particular areas.
Last week, Biden halted the construction of security barriers at the U.S.-Mexico border. In an executive order, Biden called the construction project “a waste of money” and “not a serious policy solution.” ✪