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LIBRARY OF CONGRESS
EXCHANGE & GIFT DIVISION
CAPITOL BUILDING AND GROUNDS
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
NOVEMBER 15, 1983
Printed for the use of the Committee on Public Works and Transportation
U.S. GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE
WASHINGTON : 1984
COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC WORKS AND TRANSPORTATION
JAMES J. HOWARD, New Jersey, Chairman GLENN M. ANDERSON, California
GENE SNYDER, Kentucky ROBERT A. ROE, New Jersey
JOHN PAUL HAMMERSCHMIDT, Arkansas JOHN B. BREAUX, Louisiana
BUD SHUSTER, Pennsylvania NORMAN Y. MINETA, California
ARLAN STANGELAND, Minnesota ELLIOTT H. LEVITAS, Georgia
NEWT GINGRICH, Georgia JAMES L. OBERSTAR, Minnesota
WILLIAM F. CLINGER, JR., Pennsylvania HENRY J. NOWAK, New York
GUY MOLINARI, New York ROBERT W. EDGAR, Pennsylvania
E. CLAY SHAW, JR., Florida ROBERT A. YOUNG, Missouri
BOB MCEWEN, Ohio
THOMAS E. PETRI, Wisconsin
LYNN MARTIN, Illinois
ROBERT F. (BOB) SMITH, Oregon GUS SAVAGE, Illinois
DON SUNDQUIST, Tennessee FOFO I.F. SUNIA, American Samoa
NANCY L. JOHNSON, Connecticut
RON PACKARD, California
SUBCOMMITTEE ON PUBLIC BUILDINGS AND GROUNDS
ROBERT A. YOUNG, Missouri, Chairman
ARLAN STANGELAND, Minnesota
GUY MOLINARI, New York KATIE HALL, Indiana
GENE SNYDER, Kentucky MICHAEL A. ANDREWS, Texas
(Ex Officio) J. ROY ROWLAND, Georgia JAMES J. HOWARD, New Jersey
CURRENT AND PROPOSED' SECURITY RELATING TO THE U.S. CAPITOL
BUILDINGS AND GROUNDS
Russ, Hon. Jack, Sergeant at Arms, U.S. House of Representatives .....
MASTER PLAN FOR THE U.S. CAPITOL
H.R. 4332: To approve the master plan for the United States Capitol Grounds
and related areas, and for other purposes...........
Prepared statement and resolutions.
roll, Executive Assistant.
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ADDITIONS TO THE RECORD
of the District of Columbia, statement of John H. McCoy, Director, Office of
CURRENT AND PROPOSED SECURITY RELATING TO THE U.S. CAPITOL BUILDING AND GROUNDS
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 1983
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES,
Washington, DC. The subcommittee met, pursuant to call, at 10:15 a.m., in room 2247, Rayburn House Office Building, Hon. Robert A. Young (chairman of the subcommittee) presiding.
Mr. YOUNG. The Subcommittee on Public Buildings and Grounds will please come to order.
I would like to welcome the chairman of the full committee, Mr. Howard, to the meeting.
The CHAIRMAN. Thank you, Mr. Chairman.
Mr. YOUNG. The subcommittee is meeting today to review current and proposed security measures for the Capitol Building complex.
As chairman of the subcommittee I believe the challenge to all of us is clear: How do we insure the proper level of security for the Capitol Building complex without stripping our constituents and the general public of easy access to their own seat of government? Should we install a fence around the Capitol Building itself similar to the fence at the White House? Should we limit vehicular access to the east plaza? These are just a few of the measures which should be reviewed. Obviously, there is a distinct possibility that any terrorist group may plan future bombing attempts, and increased efforts from all sectors of our Government must be undertaken to correct this outrageous intrusion on a free society. We propose to look to the experts for the answers and find out what steps need to be taken to improve security before a tragedy does take place. We should not wait for lives to be lost.
The subcommittee had invited officials from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Secret Service to appear. However, due to the ongoing investigation of the recent bombing on the Senate side of the Capitol, I decided it would be unadvisable for them to appear based on the extremely sensitive national security issues involved.
I would urge the press to be prudent in the reporting of this hearing since publicity of this nature tends to encourage threats from the sick minds of terrorists that plant the bombs which only hurt everyone.
It is my understanding the first politically motivated bomb attack occurred in 1915. We in Congress have wrestled with how to