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Gainer Says Long Lines Caused by Sequester Are Likely Here to Stay

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Lines wrap around the corner Tuesday at the Northeast entrance of the Dirksen Senate Office Building.

Senate offices can also, he said, notify the Sergeant-at-Arms or the Capitol Police about “early mornings, large gatherings, committee hearings, and social functions” that might result in significant traffic jams at certain office building entrypoints.

“Much like our shared experience at airports after [the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks], more time is needed to get into the buildings,” Gainer said. “The sociologist in me hopes visitors and staff, armed with current information, will adjust patterns and past practices.”

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