The outer fencing surrounding the Capitol complex that’s been up since the Jan. 6 breach will be removed this weekend, acting House Sergeant-at-Arms Timothy P. Blodgett said on Friday, March 19. 

Blodgett noted the Capitol Police have informed him that “there does not exist a known, credible threat against Congress or the Capitol Complex that warrants the temporary security fencing.” 

Blodgett said the inner fencing will remain as the architect of the Capitol makes security repairs to the Capitol building. The removal of the outer fence will allow for opening Independence Avenue and Constitution Avenue to traffic by Monday for the first time since January. 

Concerning the National Guard, troops, they “will continue to maintain a presence to support our increased security posture although their presence has been modified to support a reduced perimeter.”

Lawmakers on the both side of the aisle have raised objections to an extended deployment of National Guard troops at the Capitol and the prospect of the razor-wire fencing remaining up indefinitely. 

“Tear down the wall at the U.S. Capitol,” Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee tweeted. “Build the wall at the southern border.”

Delegate to the House Eleanor Holmes Norton, a Democrat who represents the District of Columbia, introduced a bill in February to ban the government from spending money on a permanent fence on Capitol grounds. According to the USA Today, the fencing has cost at least $19 million through the end of March.

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) told reporters that the fencing is a “concern” to many people while House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said it was “unfair” to the National Guard troops and taxpayers “to continue to keep them stationed here despite the lack of credible security threats.”

Meanwhile, congressional leaders are discussing a new $2 billion funding package to bolster Capitol security. 

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