Apr 19, 2021 - Politics & Policy

House members and staff will be allowed to bring visitors into Capitol again

The U.S. Capitol is seen this past weekend.
The U.S. Capitol on Saturday. Photo: Daniel Slim/AFP via Getty Images

Members of the House and their staff will be able to escort certain visitors into the Capitol starting Wednesday.

Why it matters: The House is slowly starting to reopen after more than a year of pandemic restrictions. The Senate already allows official visits, with a staff escort.

  • The change is all the more meaningful after allegations some House members may have escorted some participants in the Jan. 6 Capitol siege through the building during the days before the attack.

Congress barred public access to the U.S. Capitol and House and Senate buildings the evening of March 12, 2020.

  • The new policy applies to anyone seeking to enter the building for official business, including lobbyists and reporters lacking a permanent pass.
  • The same policy will apply to the five House office buildings beginning April 29, a day after President Biden is set to deliver a joint address to Congress
  • The House sergeant at arms is expected to formally announce in a letter to members on Monday.
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