For Capitol Police stationed outside Tuesday night, hot beverages, hand warmers and water will be available to help battle the bitter cold in the forecast.
Capitol Police will restrict access to the Capitol at 5:30 p.m., or immediately following recess and are responsible for maintaining an access list for the night, according to a memo from House Sergeant-at-Arms Paul D. Irving that CQ Roll Call obtained. At 7 p.m., the officers will begin closing streets around the grounds.
Opening the doors to the president and his entourage is akin to welcoming guests onto their home turf. The goal is to deliver the commander in chief to the chamber, hear him speak and get him off the grounds safely, Nebel said.
“When we hear he’s cleared the grounds, we know that we can breathe that sigh of relief.”
Former Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., candidate for U.S. Senate in New Hampshire, holds his hand over his heart during the singing of the national anthem as he waits to take the stage for his town hall campaign rally with Sen. John McCain at the Pinkerton Academy in Derry, N.H., on Monday, Aug. 18, 2014.