Sep 16, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Senate offices closing ahead of "Justice for J6" demonstration

Security fencing outside the U.S. Capitol ahead of a planned "Justice for J6" rally in Washington, D.C.
Security fencing outside the U.S. Capitol ahead of a planned "Justice for J6" rally in Washington, D.C.. Photo: Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Multiple congressional offices will be closed Friday amid security precautions ahead of Saturday's rally in support of jailed Jan. 6 rioters, aides who have been instructed to work remotely tell Axios.

Why it matters: As the U.S. Capitol faces its first large-scale security test since the deadly attack, House and Senate offices are taking precautionary measures to protect staff as well as lawmakers.

  • Fencing around the Capitol was re-installed late Wednesday, and is expected to be removed shortly after the rally if conditions allow, U.S. Capitol Police Chief Tom Manger said earlier this week.

What we're hearing: Despite the high-alert status, members of congressional leadership say they're confident in the security preparations and intelligence they've been receiving.

  • After a briefing by Manger to the "Big 4" leaders on Monday, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said USCP "seemed very, very well-prepared. Much better prepared than before Jan. 6. I think they're ready for whatever might happen."
  • Neither the House nor Senate is voting or meeting over the weekend.

Worth noting: The Committee on House Administration has issued guidance to member offices encouraging them to work remotely Friday. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's staff will be remote.

The intrigue: While no sitting member of Congress was expected to attend the rally, some GOP candidates planned to participate.

Editor's note: This post was updated to include a guidance from the Committee on House Administration.

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