After a month-long security experiment that restricted visitors entering the House office buildings to designated doors, the Capitol Police have reopened all portals to tourists and other nonstaffers.
In a “Dear Colleague” letter last week, Rep. Bob Ney (R-Ohio) said a review of access since the April change determined that the limited visitor entrances have made it difficult to efficiently accommodate large volumes of visitors. As of Monday, all entry doors in the House office buildings were available for general use.
“This change will allow more convenient constituent access to Congressional offices, but will still enable the Capitol Police to provide a high level of safety and security for Members, staff and visitors,” Ney wrote. “Thank you for your ongoing assistance as we continue to adjust the security posture of the entire Capitol Complex.”
Adoption Policy. California Rep. Dennis Cardoza (D), an adoptive parent, is one of several speakers headlining a Congressional briefing Thursday dealing with financial barriers to foster care in the United States.
Sponsored by Voice for Adoption and the Freddie Mac Foundation and hosted by the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute, the briefing takes place at 1:30 p.m. in Room 106 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building.