House Democrat overseeing Capitol Police says they will review ‘everything’ after latest deadly attack and tells House colleagues to be ‘adults’ after Republicans mock ‘Fort Pelosi’ security fence
- Representative Tim Ryan asked lawmakers to act like “ adults ” and “ take the conversation to the next level ” as they discussed the Capitol’s security needs after the latest attack
- Ryan chairs the Legislative Branch Credit Subcommittee, which oversees the Capitol Police
- Ohio Democrat said they would look at ‘everything’ in terms of security, including the fence, in the wake of Friday’s Capitol attack
- Some Republicans called the fence erected after Jan. 6 ‘Fort Pelosi’, while Democrats wanted it to go away because it disrupted DC neighborhoods
The Ohio Democrat who oversees Capitol Police said his House Commission will review all security procedures following Friday’s deadly attack and begged lawmakers to act like “ adults ” and drop politics.
Speaking at a Zoom press conference, Representative Tim Ryan said that a security investigation after a man drove into a Capitol barricade and killed a police officer before being shot by police should be a “ two-pronged effort. ”
“You know we’ve seen members of Congress who, you know, pointed to that wall and made speeches and sent fundraising emails based on that,” said Ryan, who chairs the Legislative Industry Appropriations Subcommittee.
“You know, I think it’s just the time to take the conversation to the next level, to be mature about how sensitive this is, how important this is to try to get this right.
“And it can’t fall into the other political arguments we have,” he added.
Some Republican lawmakers had dubbed the elaborate fence after the January 6 riot “Fort Pelosi.”
Representative Tim Ryan, the chairman of the House subcommittee that oversees Capitol Police, asked on Friday that lawmakers behave like “ adults ” and “ take the conversation to the next level ” as they discuss the Capitol’s security needs after the latest attack.
A police officer is investigating the scene after a vehicle rammed into a barricade outside the Capitol
Rep. Lauren Boebert was one of the Republicans who called the security fence around the Capitol ‘Fort Pelosi’
Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene also took people on a video tour of what she called ‘Fort Pelosi’
Representatives Lauren Boebert and Marjorie Taylor Greene both used the nickname “Fort Pelosi” to refer to the barbed wire-lined fence that surrounded the Capitol.
Democratic lawmakers called for it to be dropped too – because it was hindering DC’s traffic and neighborhoods.
The fence had recently been scaled back for the first time since the January 6 attack on the Capitol.
And on Friday, a network man identified as 25-year-old Noah Green from Virginia drove to a standard Capitol entrance – where the gate had reopened – and slammed his vehicle into the driveway security barriers that were installed after the September. 11 attacks. Green mowed down two Capitol Police officers with his Nissan Altima.
“To lose a family member in such a tragic way in such a tragic way, you know it’s really upsetting on such a holy weekend,” Ryan said.
Capitol police officer Billy Evans was killed and an unidentifiable officer was injured.
“This is about the security of the nation’s capital, which is the temple of democracy and we have to make sure it is safe,” Ryan told reporters. “And I know the members take it very, very seriously, but today was another blow to the Capitol Hill family.”
Ryan said he and other top commissioners, the Democratic Rep. Rosa DeLauro and Republican Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, had spoken to the international community about how to keep their facilities safe, including the Israeli Knesset.
“But the reality is, we need to find out what’s the sweet spot with security,” Ryan said.
He said it was premature, but referred to Friday’s incident as a ‘lone wolf’ attack, admitting it is the hardest to prevent.
“We don’t have all the answers here and, you know, if you’re willing to give up your own life to kill a cop or kill someone on Capitol Hill, then most likely you can,” he said.