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Issa Calls for End to Prolonged U.S. Capitol Militarization

February 24, 2021

Says Capitol complex should be open to the public “immediately”

Washington, DC — Today, Congressman Darrell Issa (CA-50) called on Speaker Nancy Pelosi to immediately remove the militarized presence, barbed wire barriers and pedestrian restrictions currently preventing all public access to the U.S. Capitol. Issa stated:

“The U.S. Capitol is not a fortress off limits to the public and ringed by an excessive show of force. It exists on behalf of the American people. If the majority is unable to provide justification for preventing even a visit by health care heroes, World War II veterans or a church choir to its steps, then all the doors we have closed to them must be reopened today.

Issa also stated that “On February 12, I wrote regarding the unprecedented security posture that remains at the U.S. Capitol and I requested a briefing for all Members of Congress so we too can access the intelligence underlying the shutdown to all visitors that has endured for more than a month. Two weeks have now passed, and insufficient details have been provided.”

Read full letter here.

Read original letter requesting a security briefing.

Darrell Issa is the Representative of California’s 50th Congressional District. The District encompasses the central and northeastern parts of San Diego County and a portion of Riverside County, including the communities of Fallbrook, San Marcos, Valley Center, Ramona, Escondido, Santee, Lakeside, El Cajon, Temecula, and the mountain and desert areas of the San Diego-Imperial County line. Issa served as the Chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform from 2011-2015.


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