The Ohio Democrat who oversees the Capitol police said his House committee will review all security procedures after Friday’s deadly attack and implored lawmakers to act like ‘adults’ and drop the politics.
During a Zoom press conference, Rep. Tim Ryan said a security review after a man drove into a Capitol barricade and killed a police officer before being shot dead by cops would need to be a ‘bipartisan effort’.
‘You know we’ve seen members of Congress who have, you know, pointed at that wall and made speeches and sent out fundraising emails based on it,’ said Ryan, who chairs the Legislative Branch Appropriations Subcommittee.
‘You know I think it’s just the time for us to elevate the conversation, to be adults about how sensitive this is, how important this is to try and get this right.
‘And it can’t fall into the other political arguments that we’re having,’ he added.
Some Republican lawmakers had taken to calling the extensive fencing after the January 6 riot ‘Fort Pelosi’.
Rep. Tim Ryan, the chairman of the House subcommittee that oversees the Capitol Police, asked Friday that lawmakers act like ‘adults’ and ‘elevate the conversation’ as they discuss the security needs of the U.S. Capitol after the latest attack
A police official investigates the scene after a vehicle rammed a barricade outside the Capitol Building
Rep. Lauren Boebert was among the Republicans who referred to the security fence around the Capitol as ‘Fort Pelosi’
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene also took people on a video tour of what she called ‘Fort Pelosi’
Reps. 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 come down too – as it interfered with D.C.’s traffic and neighborhoods.
The fencing had recently been scaled back for the first time since directly after the January 6 attack on the Capitol.
And on Friday, a man networks identified as 25-year-old Noah Green of Virginia drove to a standard entrance to the Capitol – where the fence had been reopened – smashing his vehicle into driveway security barriers that were put in place after the Sept. 11 attacks. Green mowed down two Capitol Police officers with his Nissan Altima.
‘To lose a member of the family like this in such a tragic way, you know on such a holy weekend, it’s really disturbing,’ Ryan said.
Capitol Police Officer Billy Evans was killed and a yet to be identified officer was injured.
‘This is about the security of the nation’s capitol, that’s the temple of democracy and we’ve got to make sure it is secure,’ Ryan told reporters. ‘And I know members are taking it very, very seriously, but today was another blow for the Capitol Hill family.’
Ryan said he and other top committee members, Democratic Rep. Rosa DeLauro and Republican Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, had been talking to the international community about how they keep their facilities safe, including Israel’s Knesset.
‘But the reality is, we’ve got to figure out what the sweet spot is with the security,’ Ryan said.
He said it was premature, but referred to Friday’s incident as a ‘lone wolf’ attack, and admitted those may be the hardest to fully prevent.
‘We don’t have all the answers here and, you know, if you’re willing to give up your own life in order to kill a cop or kill somebody on Capitol Hill, more than likely you can maybe do that,’ he said.