Capitol Safety

Posted March 29, 2004 at 6:03pm

The House Administration Committee will host a briefing for lawmakers today on security around the Capitol complex.

The briefing, conducted by House Sergeant-at-Arms Bill Livingood and Capitol Police Chief Terrance Gainer, will begin at 3 p.m. in the Cannon Building’s Caucus Room. [IMGCAP(1)]

“This special briefing will answer questions that many of you may have,” House Administration Chairman Bob Ney (R-Ohio) and ranking member John Larson (D-Conn.) wrote in a March 29 “Dear Colleague” letter. “It will cover such issues as perimeter security, general safety recommendations, emergency evacuation plans, and services provided by the United States Capitol Police.”

The sessions will also feature training to familiarize Members with the Quick2000 Escape Hoods, which are designed to provide breathable air in the event of a chemical or biological attack.

A second session is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. April 20 in Room HC-5 of the Capitol.

Ladies’ Night. In a effort to highlight female leadership in Congress, the national women’s advocacy organization Women’s Policy Inc. will salute the record 41 female Senators and House Members who currently serve as chairwomen or ranking members of committees and subcommittees. The dinner will take place tonight in Union Station.

Emceed by National Public Radio personality Michele Norris, the annual event will also honor Reps. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Louise Slaughter (D-N.Y.) for their work as the co-chairwomen of the Congressional Caucus for Women’s Issues.

Women’s Policy, Inc. is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that works to push the interests of women in social, economic and health issues. The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a reception in Union Station’s East Hall.

— Jennifer Yachnin and John McArdle