Capitol attack raises questions of security vs public access

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Police stand guard after holding off Trump supporters who tried to break through a police barrier, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, at the Capitol in Washington. As Congress prepares to affirm President-elect Joe Biden’s victory, thousands of people have gathered to show their support for President Donald Trump and his claims of election fraud. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers are trying to balance openness with safety after Friday’s attack within steps of the Capitol.

It’s a challenge for Congress, nearly three months after a mob stormed the seat of American democracy.

The sprawling complex has been ringed by security fencing and National Guard troops since the deadly Jan. 6 riot, when supporters of then-President Donald Trump breached the Capitol.

Missouri Sen. Roy Blunt, the top Republican on a panel addressing the issue, says the building is “an important symbol of who we are” and it “would be a mistake for fencing to be a permanent part of the Capitol.”

Friday’s attack is now believed to be an isolated incident by a disturbed man.

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