Oklahoma lawmakers speak out against proposed long-term safety measures at U.S. Capitol

WASHINGTON — Some Oklahoma lawmakers aren’t on board with the idea of keeping security measures in place about two months after rioters stormed the U.S. Capitol.

National Guard troops and a massive fence have remained around the Capitol grounds since the Jan. 6 attack.

The House is expected to begin incorporating findings from a study into a bill meant to fund long-term increased safety measures. This would include National Guard troops stationed indefinitely, mobile fencing and stricter access points.

Members of Congress representing Oklahoma have not been welcoming of such a plan.

U.S. Rep. Kevin Hern (R-OK) said the barriers remaining in place to this point have been disappointing.

“It’s disappointing to see our beautiful Capitol Building walled off from the people, surrounded by razor wire and patrolled by the National Guard. More than keeping our people away from the People’s House, the prolonged street closures and security checkpoints are a burden on the thousands of people who live and work in the Capitol Hill neighborhood. Pelosi cares more about creating and protecting a border around her office than protecting our Southern border, where a true crisis is happening. I haven’t spoken to a single Member of Congress – on either side of the aisle – who supports the continued military occupation of our Capitol.”

—  U.S. Rep. Kevin Hern (R-OK)

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe says he’s looking forward to increased security but doesn’t want to see National Guard troops have to stick around.

“What this solution should not look like is keeping the National Guardsmen here indefinitely, as has been rumored. This is not their job or their mission — and the image this would paint on the world stage is concerning. I look forward to working with law enforcement agencies and my colleagues to improve Capitol security and get our Guardsmen back home to their families.”

—  U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK)