Congress: Don’t fence me in

Not since former President Ronald Reagan said “Take down this wall.” in reference to the Berlin Wall has Washington DC been so concerned about barbed wire.

Well now there is bipartisan support to take down the fence surrounding Capitol Hill.

Democratic Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton — a non-voting member of the House representing the District of Columbia — is asking House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to take down the razor wire fencing and comparing it to a “concentration camp.”

For some unknown reason Capitol Hill police want the fencing to remain in place until September.

On Friday Capitol Hill police issued this statement in regards to the fencing.

“While there is no specific, credible threat to the homeland at this time, DHS continues to gather, review, and analyze new intelligence each day and regularly updates its federal, state, local, tribal, and non-governmental partners on the results of those efforts,” a Department of Homeland Security spokesperson said on Friday. “The most significant terrorism-related threat currently facing the nation comes from lone offenders and small groups of individuals inspired by domestic extremist ideological beliefs, including those based on false narratives spread over social media and other online platforms.”

Speaker Pelosi is in charge of security on Capitol Hill and a bipartisan group of more than 60 House members have petitioned the Speaker to take down the fencing.

“There are fewer and fewer credible threats,” Rep. Norton said on Sunday. 

“Keeping it up until September shows that the Capitol Police, who could have prevented much that happened on January the 6th simply by calling in reinforcements from the dozen or so police forces, are now doubling down,” Norton added.

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