Pelosi: ‘Here It Was Good Friday…as a Person Who Is Catholic–and in California--the Most Holy Time’

By CNSNews.com Staff | April 9, 2021 | 11:58am EDT
(Photo by Heidi Gutman/Walt Disney Television via Getty Images)
(Photo by Heidi Gutman/Walt Disney Television via Getty Images)

(CNSNews.com) - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D.-Calif.), at her Thursday press briefing, discussed the killing of a U.S. Capitol police officer on Good Friday and the question of whether a permanent fence needs to be erected around the Capitol.

“Very soon we're going to have to pass the supplemental to have the funds to harden the Capitol, to increase the personnel, to make judgments about the fencing,” Pelosi said.

“And people have very definite opinions one way or another,” she said.

“Sadly, Friday, was just so shocking to us,” Pelosi said. “Here it was Good Friday. We were just about ready to enter–as a person who is Catholic–and in California--a period of the most holy time. And then the sadness of it all, and the psychological impact that it has for people who work there.

“And that's why we're so appreciative of Capitol Police for how they have protected us,” said Pelosi.

“But when we have the supplemental put forth which will be soon, then we'll have the discussion as to what happens with the fencing and the rest,” she said.

Here is the transcript of how Speaker Pelosi responded to a question at her Thursday press conference about whether there needs to be a fence around the Capitol:

Kris Van Cleave of CBS News: Madam Speaker, thanks for your time.  I’m curious, given what happened last Friday at the Capitol in terms of security, do you feel that there needs to be a rethinking of the fencing around the Capitol?  Does there need to be an increase in security, or, or the footprint around the Capitol, given some of the intelligence that law enforcement continues to see?”

Pelosi: “Well the, there has to be a discussion of it.  I thank you for your question. We will be–We have been preparing a supplemental to meet the security needs of the Capitol, both in terms of what needs to be done to harden the windows, the doors, et cetera, of the Capitol, what is needed needed in terms of increasing the size of the Capitol Police Force, filling some of the vacancies that are there, now over 200.  

“The training that we need to do, the intelligence gathering, that is so important, as well as the infrastructure. There are differences of opinion on it. Some people want no outside structure. We have a report from General Honoré, which I respect, the report that can talk about some fencing available when needed, but that's all a discussion,  

“But the fact is, is that very soon we're going to have to pass the supplemental to have the funds to harden the Capitol, to increase the personnel, to make judgments about the fencing. And people have very definite opinions one way or another. Sadly, Friday, was just so shocking to us. Here it was Good Friday. We were just about ready to enter–as a person who is Catholic–and in California--a period of the most holy time. And then the sadness of it all, and the psychological impact that it has for people who work there.  

“And that's why we're so appreciative of Capitol Police for how they have protected us. But when we have the supplemental put forth which will be soon, then we'll have the discussion as to what happens with the fencing and the rest. And people are listening and respectful, but also we have to be careful. And none of us, I mean maybe some of us are security experts, but most of us would have to pay attention to those who are security and law enforcement leaders who had made proposals to us.  It'll be soon. It’ll be soon.”

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