The Capitol Braces Itself For The Fallout That Could Come After Biden's Statement To Congress

Given the sheer number of wildly tumultuous incidents that have occurred over the course of the last few years here in the United States, it can be difficult to keep up with just how long it has been between each occurrence. It very much seems as though time moves far more quickly when there are more earth-shattering experiences to be had.

So, while it may seem like a lifetime ago, the attempted insurrection at the Capitol was still less than 4 months ago, and the building itself has remained completely inaccessible to the public during that time.

This week President Joe Biden is set to give his first address to a joint session of Congress, there are fears that the angst among the MAGA crowd is still burning hot.

President Joe Biden’s first address to a joint session of Congress on Wednesday will take place in a U.S. Capitol on high alert, with memories fresh of the deadly Jan. 6 attack on the building by supporters of his predecessor, Donald Trump.

The crowd inside the Capitol will be a fraction of the hundreds of members of Congress, Supreme Court justices, top government officials and guests who typically attend, to allow for more social distancing in a COVID-19 pandemic that has killed more than 572,000 Americans.

But security will be higher than usual, even for what is officially designated a “National Special Security Event,” with the Secret Service in charge of security.

“The Secret Service and all law enforcement and public safety partners have worked hard collectively in preparation to secure this significant event,” said a Secret Service representative, adding that “every security contingency is accounted for.”

The DC Metropolitan Police and the Capitol Police will have requested backup from the National Guard once again – something that’s become customary for such events at the Capitol, including Joe Biden’s inauguration some two weeks after the building was sacked by would-be usurpers.

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