Capitol Fence Reinstalled Ahead Of State Of The Union Address

The fence surrounding the U.S. Capitol Building was reinstalled in anticipation of President Biden’s recent 2024 State of the Union Address.

Capitol Police Chief Thomas Manger said in a statement, “Out of an abundance of caution, and in conjunction with the United States Secret Service, a plan has been approved to put up the inner-perimeter fence around the Capitol building for the State of the Union Address.” Manger said he also requested assistance from the National Guard and other law enforcement bodies.

U.S Capitol Police told the Washington Examiner that “We are aware of some potential demonstrations in the area,” and when asked if the fence was set up due to a specific protest group, responded that they do not help groups “by publicizing names/causes.”

The Defense Department granted approval for up to 700 National Guard members to support the Metropolitan Police and the Capitol Police until March 7. The Capitol Police also announced that they would be implementing road closures near the Capitol as preparation for the State of the Union address.

Many Republicans criticized this action, contrasting the Biden administration’s rapid deployment of the fence at the Capitol with its lack of security measures at the U.S. southern border.

Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL) posted on X: “Remember this when @POTUS talks about the border tonight. Biden doesn’t hesitate to put a barrier up for his speech in Washington but refuses to build a wall and secure the southern border.”

Rep. Chip Roy (R-TX) wrote, “More stupid spending.”

Rep. Troy Nehls (R-TX) posted: “I wish Joe Biden would do this at the southern border.”