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March 26, 2015

Capitol Fun Police? Farr Opposes July Fourth Security Plan


Farr fed up with Capitol Police curtailing fun around the Hill. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

One of the House’s most liberal Democrats vowed to be the “squeaky wheel” if congressional leaders agree to recommendations from Hill law enforcement to limit access to the Capitol on July Fourth.

“This building belongs to the people, not to the Capitol Police, and they ought to accommodate the people who own this building, the American people, so they can come and visit their Capitol,” Rep. Sam Farr of California said Thursday, telling CQ Roll Call that the March 12 proposal ticked him off. Full story

Congress Not Pushing Back on July Fourth Security Crackdown

Oh, say will you still be able to see from the Capitol? (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Oh, say will you still be able to see from the Capitol? (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Hill staffers would be the people most affected if Capitol law enforcement cracks down on Memorial Day and Fourth of July parties. That might be why members of Congress do not seem to be pushing back on a March 12 letter from the Capitol Police Board.

While lawmakers dismissed past proposals to limit access to the so-called “people’s house,” such as building a fence around the 276-acre complex, as former Senate Sergeant-at-Arms and Capitol Police Chief Terrance W. Gainer recently suggested, this most recent recommendation might prove more popular. Full story

March 25, 2015

Eight Arrested in Anti-Abortion ‘Pray-In’ Outside Boehner’s Office

Anti-abortion protesters claim they were betrayed on Jan. 22, 2015, the day of the March for Life. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Anti-abortion protesters claim they were betrayed by GOP House leadership on Jan. 22 when the March for Life descended on D.C. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

A 30-minute “pray-in” organized at the door of Speaker John A. Boehner’s office by anti-abortion groups ended Wednesday morning with eight arrests.

“We were told yesterday by Speaker Boehner’s office that this is the most pro-life Congress that has ever been installed, and yet a ban on late-term abortions … has languished in the House, the so-called ‘most pro-life House in the last 70 years,'” said Troy Newman of Operation Rescue, a prominent activist who was handcuffed by Capitol Police after dropping to his knees outside the Ohio Republican’s Longworth office. Full story

By Hannah Hess Posted at 2:29 p.m.
Capitol Police

March 24, 2015

Police Want to Curtail Capitol Fourth of July Festivities

Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Staffing the July Fourth and Memorial Day concerts, including rehearsals and setup, cost Capitol Police more than $735,000 in overtime during 2014. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

First sledding, now the Fourth of July.

Law enforcement authorities at the Capitol are asking congressional leaders to curtail the most patriotic summer celebrations on the Hill by implementing new restrictions on Independence Day and Memorial Day festivities. The Capitol Police Board has asked the Capitol be restricted to members and staff who have offices in the Capitol, plus the VIPs.

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By Hannah Hess Posted at 11:23 p.m.
Campus, Capitol Police

March 17, 2015

Senate Protests More Likely to End in Handcuffs

CodePink protesters more likely to end up in handcuffs on the Hill. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Protesters are more likely to end up in handcuffs. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Planning to protest a hearing on Capitol Hill? One warning is all you get under Frank J. Larkin, the Senate’s 40th sergeant-at-arms.

A few weeks after he was sworn in as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s choice for the chamber’s chief law enforcement officer, Larkin got together with the new Republican-controlled committees, his staff and Capitol Police to ensure everybody was “in sync” on how to deal with disruptions.

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March 13, 2015

Capitol Police Chief’s Relationship With Union Hits New Low

U.S. Capitol Police Chief Kim Dine, talks with Chairman Shelly Moore Capito, D-W.Va., before a Senate Appropriations Legislative Branch Subcommittee hearing in Dirksen Building on FY2016 budget requests for the Secretary of the Senate, Senate Sergeant at Arms, and the U.S. Capitol Police, March 12, 2015. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Capito asked Dine, left, about officer morale during a March 12 hearing. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Members of Congress have been raising questions about morale among Capitol Police officers in recent weeks, but the strained relationship between rank-and-file officers and the department’s top brass appears to have hit a new low.

Contract negotiations between the Capitol Police union and department management have hit a wall. Union leaders laid out three major sources of tension in a Feb. 23 letter to Chief Kim C. Dine obtained by CQ Roll Call. It stated the officers concurred with a Jan. 7 statement by Dine that, “contract negotiations are officially over.” Full story

By Hannah Hess Posted at 12:17 p.m.
Capitol Police

March 12, 2015

Capitol Expecting ‘Mass of Humanity’ for Pope Visit

Senate Sergeant-at-Arms Frank J. Larkin (left) said he has experience protecting the pope. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Larkin, left, said he has experience protecting the pope. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The officials in charge of Capitol security are preparing for Pope Francis’ address to Congress in September, and the masses of people that are expected to descend upon the District of Columbia to get a glimpse of the leader of the Catholic Church.

“The papal visit will be significant in planning and scope. Almost similar, literally, to an inauguration. But perhaps even surpassing that,” Capitol Police Chief Kim C. Dine said Thursday at a Senate Legislative Branch Appropriations Subcommittee hearing. “We anticipate very, very large crowds all during that day, much earlier than even before the Pope coming to the Capitol, lining all of the streets. It’s a huge and very significant event.” Full story

March 11, 2015

Capito Steps Into Legislative Branch Chairmanship

Capito is the new chairwoman of the Legislative Branch Appropriations Subcommittee. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Capito is the new chairwoman of the Legislative Branch Appropriations Subcommittee. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., stepped into the limelight Tuesday, highlighting her new role as head of the appropriations subcommittee that oversees the Capitol complex and introducing herself on the floor with her maiden speech.

“This is our first run at the show,” Capito said at the start of the Legislative Branch Appropriations Subcommittee hearing, referring to herself and new ranking member Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii. “And I speak for myself, and I think I speak for the senator, that really we’re excited about having this responsibility. ” Full story

March 5, 2015

Sled On! Residents Defy Ban and Sled Down Capitol Hill

Catie Guire and Will Weedon, both 8, of Capitol Hill, sled on the West Front Lawn of the Capitol Thursday during a snow storm.  (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Catie Guire and Will Weedon, both 8, of Capitol Hill, sled on the West Front Lawn of the Capitol Thursday during a snow storm. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

It’s snowing! School is cancelled, you grab your saucer and go sledding with your friends — just like any other snow day — except for the throngs of reporters and cameras waiting for you at the bottom of the hill.

District of Columbia residents who took a stand against a ban on sledding on Capitol Hill drew dozens of reporters to the West Lawn Thursday afternoon as snow blanketed the Capitol grounds. But for the kids and parents, this wasn’t exactly major news. They just wanted to enjoy the rare inches of snow in the nation’s capital. Full story

March 4, 2015

Ban on Capitol Hill Sledding Continues

(CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Capitol Police Board opted not to allow sledding on Capitol Hill, despite pleas from the District of Columbia’s representative to temporarily lift the ban as D.C. awaits a major winter storm promising several inches of snow.

“If the forecast holds true, there are many families who will want to enjoy the snow tomorrow,” Senate Sergeant-at-Arms Frank J. Larkin, chairman of the Capitol Police Board, said in a statement Wednesday evening. “Although, for security reasons, the Capitol grounds are not your typical neighborhood hill or playground. Full story

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