Mar 21, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Fencing around U.S. Capitol comes down months after insurrection

Temporary security fencing outside the U.S. Capitol
Temporary security fencing outside the U.S. Capitol. Photo: Al Drago/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The perimeter fencing that was raised around the Capitol Building in the aftermath of the January 6 siege has begun to come down, CNN reports.

Why it matters: The move signals an easing of security measures, and the public will once again gain access to the Capitol grounds. Some streets near the building have also reopened to traffic.

  • The decision to remove the fencing was made because "there does not exist a known, credible threat against Congress or the Capitol Complex that warrants the temporary security fencing," according to a memo obtained by CNN last week.
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