WASHINGTON – They lie on marble-lined floors to drink coffee in the 24-hour snack bar and marvel at the marble look of the nation’s founders in Rotunda and Statuary Hall. They take pictures with their phones, eat pizza, and sometimes. Playing cards with an M4 carbine next to it.
A group of soldiers armed with the National Guard’s weary camouflage surrounded the town hall and lined the halls on Wednesday.Weapons, helmets and backpacks appeared to be stacked on every corner of the complex. Heavy military presence has shaken and sober backdrops for the House of Representatives as most lawmakers move to prosecute the American president who sits on charges of inciting a riot in the nation̵7;s authorities.
It is reminiscent of the rioters who just a week earlier had raided the complex as terrified residents took refuge in rooms, barricaded houses and safe locations across the town hall – and the persecution that remained. Remain ahead of the elected President Joseph R. Biden.
“It’s not here,” said Virginia Democrat Elaine Luria and 20-year Navy veteran of having a soldier in the building. “It was unusual.”
“I hate the idea that we are changing for a harder, harder or more difficult way for people to come to enjoy the historic monuments because of what happened last week,” she said. supplement
Like lawmakers, aides and reporters who continued to exchange accounts of where they were during the blockade of pro-Trump supporters, Capitol Hill on Wednesday appeared to have been ripped off during nursing care. Serious rebellion and the need for a foundation For treatment under new management
Government agency workers have been working feverishly in recent days in preparation for the Jan. 20 inauguration, hanging blue curtains at the Rotunda entrance and dusting off the statue. Amid the warnings of violence The panes were still cracked and shattered in parts of the government agency, and two more holes were left from the entrance to California’s Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office after rioters stole the speaker’s embossed planks.
The young lawmakers made their first speech on the merits of President Trump’s bill of high crime and misdemeanor over inciting uprising. After a majority of the House votes voted to impeach Trump, Pelosi said on the same topic that a Trump supporter was photographed with glee dragged through Congress.
“I don’t have enough adjectives to describe how much I am tired of what happened and where we were – it’s sad, it’s disgusting, it’s sad,” said Republican Rep. Brian Mast. A veteran in the military who lost a leg while on active duty in Afghanistan, he traveled to Rotunda with the Royal Guard members to express his gratitude for their service. (Mr Maest also voted to overturn results in both Arizona and Pennsylvania, and has no regrets over the vote.He is not among the 10 Republicans to vote against it. Mr. Trump)
Some lawmakers lamented the threat that the military needed to have Democrats, many of whom were unhappy with the role they said their Republican colleagues had expressed the ire of. A group of people who attacked the government put the lives of lawmakers in danger.
“It shouldn’t and won’t,” New York Democrat Representative Hakeem Jeffries told reporters, “and that’s why special security measures are taken.”
As part of concerns about Republicans bringing guns to the house, a new magnetometer was installed outside the door of the chamber, a challenging new security measure for many lawmakers. people It was usually allowed to bypass the magnetometer at the entrance to the Republican building, many of them complaining about the increased layers of security, and some even tried to push past police officers despite the closure. Warning signal
“You are taking valuable resources from where you need them without any consultation, and you do so without the advice of a minority,” said Illinois Rep. Rodney Davis, a party. The House Executive Committee’s top Republicans spoke to Maryland Leader Majority Representative Steny H. Hoyer on Tuesday. With many people testing positive for coronavirus after hiding in a room with maskless Republicans, Democrats are also enforcing a good system to refuse to wear masks on the floor.
Increased magnetic fields and security were a bit of a comfort during a vote to impeach Mr Trump as many lawmakers remained shaky and questioning the ability to take office. Safely On Wednesday, Pelosi said the council would vote this month on a rule change that would enforce a favorable system to refuse to comply with new security regulations, with $ 5,000 deducted and $ 10,000 from member payments for the first and second offenses
“What we’re dealing with right now is fighting the rebellion, so I feel like everything is upside down,” said Colin Alred, a Texas Democratic Representative. Wearing his jacket to the floor and preparing to protect his colleagues from the rioters. ”To see the lifeguard asleep in the hallway to provide the protection needed to place the detector. Metal up on the folk – I know the word ‘Never before’ was used a lot, but never before. And it’s sad too, so sad “
“It was meant to be opened,” Mr Allred added from the Capitol. “It’s a museum, a place the average American should feel like they’ve come to see government work.”
But while it’s home to an antique collection of American history and the highest office holder of American Democracy, the Capitol complex is an accessible fort. But with tourists banning to stop the spread of the coronavirus, the presence of hundreds of armed soldiers becomes more disconcerting after months of empty hallways.
Several soldiers hugged their necks to view the paintings and sculptures embedded in Rotunda’s ceiling, saying they had never been to the Capitol, even as tourists. Their colleagues in another room can be seen slumbering beside plaques commemorating the 1861 regiment in Statuary Hall, and a small group of soldiers poses with photographs. Molding of Rosa Parks
John Ismay and Luke Brod Water Contributing reporting