About 3,500 indoor parking spaces are available on the House side of the congressional campus, according to sources familiar with the parking procedure.
Shea-Porter suggests “a more widespread use of dogs, or the installation of metal detectors and inspection stations between the garages and the rest of the complex.”
Footage released by the FBI shows defense contractor Aaron Alexis arriving at the Navy Yard parking garage in a rented Toyota Prius, then walking into the entrance of one of the buildings carrying a backpack shortly before the Sept. 16 shooting began.
“The fact that an individual could gain access to what should have been a secure facility represents a significant failure to adequately protect the safety of federal employees,” Shea-Porter writes.
Ben Wakana, a spokesman for Shea-Porter, said the congresswoman has decided not to go forward with formally sending the letter and will instead address the concerns during a meeting that affected parties are working together to schedule.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.