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Speaker of the US House of Representatives: Enhancing Congressional Security is a necessity because of "the enemy of the interior."



US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday that lawmakers will likely need to increase funding for security measures because "the enemy is inside" the House, following a warning issued by the Department of Homeland Security about rising threats.


The Senate is preparing for the second trial of former President Donald Trump on charges of incitement to revolt when he delivered a speech on January 6 after which hundreds of his supporters stormed the Capitol in an attempt to prevent the confirmation of President Joe Biden's victory in the elections.


Five, including a police officer, were killed in the violence. The Department of Homeland Security bulletin issued on Wednesday did not contain specific threats, but indicated that some "violent internal extremists" may find the Capitol incident a source of inspiration and encouragement. Pelosi said, "It is likely that we will need an addition that strengthens the security of members when the enemy is in the House."


In response to a question about what she meant by the term "the enemy within," Pelosi said, "This means that we have members of Congress who want to carry weapons inside it and threaten to use violence against other members of Congress."


On Thursday, more than 30 members of Congress signed a letter calling for increased protection in their regions, highlighting the increase in threats against members of Congress in recent years, with Capitol Police investigating 4,894 threats in the fiscal year ending in September 2018. This number exceeds that number. Five times its 2016 counterpart, which is 902.


While the security details are in the possession of senior members of Congress, most members do not know them.


Pelosi said most of the changes requested by members have already been implemented, including allowing them more flexibility in using their office budgets to cover security expenses. She added that there is likely to be a need to do more.


Since the January 6 attack, Congress has taken tight security measures after entering the purpose of the visit was easy for the public compared to other institutions in Washington, such as the White House. A thousand soldiers from the National Guard to Washington. Thousands of soldiers are expected to remain in the capital until March.


Some lawmakers are outraged by the intensified security measures, such as installing a metal detector through which members of the House of Representatives pass. Last week, Republican Representative Andy Harris was found to have a pistol hidden while trying to enter the House.


Another Republican lawmaker, Marjorie Taylor Green, was also subject to scrutiny this week due to her social media posts in recent years, prior to taking office, in which she advocated violence against democratic politicians, including Pelosi herself.

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