CHAIRWOMAN KLOBUCHAR, RANKING MEMBER BLUNT ANNOUNCE HEARING WITH CAPITOL POLICE CHIEF THOMAS MANGER ON CAPITOL SECURITY IMPROVEMENTS
Hearing will be held in advance of the one-year anniversary of the January 6th attack on the U.S. Capitol
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Roy Blunt (R-MO), Chairwoman and Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Rules and Administration, announced that they will convene a hearing on Capitol security improvements in advance of the one-year anniversary of the January 6th attack on the U.S. Capitol. U.S. Capitol Police (USCP) Chief Thomas Manger will testify at the hearing.
“When an angry violent mob staged an insurrection on January 6th and desecrated our Capitol — the temple of our democracy — it was not just an attack on the building, it was an attack on our Republic itself. At this hearing, we will hear about changes that have been implemented to make the Capitol safer, as well as next steps to build on these improvements to protect all staff members and visitors. Nearly one year after that dark day, we have an opportunity to reflect on the progress that has been made and what still needs to be done to ensure this never happens again.”
“I look forward to hearing from Chief Manger about the progress that has been made toward implementing recommendations outlined in our bipartisan report, and what efforts continue to be made to address the issues identified during that investigation,” said Blunt. “Like all police forces around the country, the U.S. Capitol Police force has vacancies they cannot fill. What happened on January 6th created additional reasons for those vacancies. We owe it to the officers to find solutions other than asking those who continue to serve to work overtime and all the time.”
This hearing will document progress made on recommendations included in the bipartisan report released by the Rules and Homeland Security Committees in June on the security, planning, and response failures related to the attack.
It will be held at 10:00 a.m. ET on Wednesday, January 5th in room 301 of the Russell Senate Office Building and broadcast live on the Rules Committee website HERE.