Wild feels secure in DC thanks to precautions

Written by on January 19, 2021

Wild feels secure in DC thanks to precautions

By Chloe Nouvelle

January 19, 2021

Rep. Susan Wild, D-Pa., speaks at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019, to unveil the “Immediate Financial Relief for Federal Employees Act” bill which would give zero interest loans for up to $6,000 to employees impacted by the government shutdown and any future shutdowns. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

On Inauguration Day, the U.S. Capitol is traditionally dressed in American flags and red, white and blue bunting. But this year, it’s dressed in razor wire and concrete barricades. 

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Checkpoints are manned by National Guardsmen two weeks after a pro-Trump mob invaded the Capitol.

Two days before Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will be inaugurated, the National Guard is erecting razor wire, concrete barricades, and roadblocks at strategic points in the city. 

U.S. Rep.  Susan Wild (D-PA) says Washington looks “like a militarized zone.”

“I’m looking out my bedroom window now and can see hundreds of police cars,” she says. “A number of us will be attending the inauguration. Pretty much every member I know in my caucus. And you know, it feels secure. It really does.”

Rep. Wild has seen loads of security forces from the U.S. Secret Service and the FBI in addition to the National Guard. She says the security personnel is helpful, but firm; her car was searched at a security checkpoint.

“Each day, it’s gotten progressively tighter, which I find very reassuring,” she says.

Some lawmakers are purchasing body armor. 
Wild was trapped in the House gallery when rioters breached security two weeks ago.  She plans on attending President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration. But she declined to say whether she is taking any additional security measures.

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