Tensions about inadequate security for members of Congress flared during an all-member security briefing for lawmakers on Capitol Hill hours after Rep. Steve Scalise was shot during a baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia.
According to one lawmaker who attended, members of both parties were united in airing their concerns, with representatives including Ann Wagner, R-Missouri, and Terri Sewell, D-Ala., among those speaking out. There was frustration, said the lawmaker who was not authorized to speak on the record about the private meeting, because some lawmakers including Cedric Richmond, D-La., had expressed fears last week about member safety. Richmond, who chairs the Congressional Black Caucus, raised his concerns directly to House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis. He is also a close friend of Scalise.
In a speech earlier in the day, House Democrat leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., indicated that personal security is of increasing concern for members of Congress. “In more recent years, I have been praying … for our safety,” said Pelosi.