Senators Introduce Resolution to Reopen Capitol and Office Buildings

More than two dozen senators are calling for public visitation to resume and to repoen the Capitol, allowing lawmakers to meet with constituents.

02/18/2022 5:00 P.M.

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U.S. Sen. Bill Hagerty, R-Tenn., and 26 GOP Senate members have introduced a resolution in support of reopening the U.S. Capitol building and Senate office buildings to public visitation, requiring action from Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.

The resolution states that the Senate recognizes the importance of reopening the U.S. Capitol and Senate buildings to public participation in the legislative process and supports returning to the pre-COVID public visitation policies for areas within Senate jurisdiction, according to a news release from Hagerty’s office.

“It is long-past time for the Senate to reopen its doors to those who sent us here to represent them—the American people,” Hagerty said.

The Capitol and Senate office buildings have remained largely closed to the public for nearly two years, and the closure has restricted lawmakers’ ability to welcome constituents to their offices and to arrange for tours of the Capitol, according to the news release.

“ACA International supports the goal of the resolution and looks forward to being able to advocate with lawmakers on both sides of the aisle in the Capitol, especially with our Washington Insights Conference coming up in May,” said Vice President and Senior Counsel of Federal Advocacy Leah Dempsey.

A copy of the resolution can be found here.

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