Pelosi: ‘It's Going to Take More Money to Protect the Capitol in a Way That Enables…Members to be Comfortable That They Are Safe'

By CNSNews.com Staff | March 4, 2021 | 4:37pm EST
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(CNSNews.com) - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said at her press briefing today that “it's going to take more money to protect the Capitol in a way that enables” the public to continue to have their historic access to it and that enables “Members to be comfortable that they are safe.”

The plan that will be put forward to improve Capitol security, she indicated, will require a “supplemental” spending bill.

“It'll have to have a supplemental,” she said.

“It's going to take more money to protect the Capitol in a way that enables people to come here, children to come and see our democracy in action, all of you to cover what happens here safely, Members to be comfortable that they are safe when they are here and not be concerned about what happened last time,” she said. “That just doesn't have a place in a democracy.” 

“But between COVID--where we need to have vaccinations more broadly in the Capitol, so that many more people can come here and do their jobs--and the threat of all the President's men out there, we have to, we have to ensure with our security that we are safe enough to do our job, but not impeding,’” she said.

“Now, I live in San Francisco,” Pelosi continued. “So, people say, ‘Well, if you want to be totally protected by--from earthquakes, you just live in a, like, an iron igloo, and then you're completely safe.’ Well, who wants to do that?” Pelosi said.

“So, how do we make the judgments of what is needed to protect ourselves from the–what has been described by the Director of the FBI as domestic terrorists?” she said.

Here is a transcript of Speaker Pelosi’s response to a question about plans to increase security at the U.S. Capitol:

Reporter: Madam Speaker, with respect to the Honoré review, some details that we found as far as adding more than a thousand Capitol Police officers, having retractable fencing, and also having a quick reaction report.  Do you support those findings? 

Speaker Pelosi: “Well, the fact that there are some – it's a draft.  It's a draft.  And so, we're seeing the draft, and we'll review the draft and then hear what the – our security folks have to say about the draft as well.  I'm not here to talk about any particulars of it. 

“But I have enormous respect for General Honoré. I think it is a blessing to us that he was willing to take the responsibility to engage so many others who are with law enforcement and national security expertise to look at the situation here about how this – what happened from a security standpoint and how we could have prevented it and how we prevent it in the future. 

“Perhaps next week we will be presenting to the fuller body and at some point have decisions made about what is feasible. It'll have to have a supplemental.  It's going to take more money to protect the Capitol in a way that enables people to come here, children to come and see our democracy in action, all of you to cover what happens here safely, Members to be comfortable that they are safe when they are here and not be concerned about what happened last time.  That just doesn't have a place in a democracy. 

“And that's why, today, again, it has not impeded us, because we only had a small agenda for this morning – big in terms of George Floyd bill, but the rule had been passed earlier in the week.  So, it was just the hour of debate and then the vote on the bill, which we could easily accommodate last night. 

“But between COVID, where we need to have vaccinations more broadly in the Capitol, so that many more people can come here and do their jobs and the threat of all the President's men out there, we have to–we have to ensure with our security that we are safe enough to do our job, but not impeding. 

“Now, I live in San Francisco.  So, people say, ‘Well, if you want to be totally protected by – from earthquakes, you just live in a, like, an iron igloo, and then you're completely safe.’  Well, who wants to do that?  So, how do we make the judgments of what is needed to protect ourselves from the – what has been described by the Director of the FBI as domestic terrorists?  How do we protect ourselves against that – makes COVID look almost doable, because it is just a matter of money and vaccines, et cetera.

“So, in any event, we're ready for the task.”

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