The Hill reports:
Forty-two Republican House members sent a letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) Friday, urging her to allow security fencing around the Capitol to be taken down.
The letter, spearheaded by Rep. Ted Budd (R-N.C.), sounded the alarm over proposals to implement the fencing permanently after it was erected after the Jan. 6 riot on Capitol Hill, noting that high-profile events like the inauguration are over.
Other lawmakers including Reps. Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.), Jim Banks (R-Ind.) and Jody Hice (R-Ga.) were among those who signed on to the appeal. The Jan. 6 riot on Capitol Hill sparked broad security concerns after law enforcement appeared unprepared for the mob, despite knowing in advance the gathering could become violent.
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