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“I felt that the Capitol is much safer that it was a year ago,” said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.
The one-year anniversary of the riot at the Capitol on Jan. 6 is just days away. The consensus is that there are vast improvements in congressional security and strategies to safeguard the most sacred hall in American democracy.
The Capitol community was stunned a few weeks ago when a congressional staffer managed to haul a loaded gun into the Longworth House Office Building. The incident went undetected for several minutes. It also came on the same morning that late Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole, R-Kan., was to lie in state in the Capitol Rotunda. President Biden and numerous other dignitaries were coming to the Capitol that morning for Dole’s services.