GOP Rep. Burton wants to enclose House Galleries in Plexiglass (again)
Indiana Republican Rep. Dan Burton, according to an aide, plans to introduce a bill that would encase the House Gallery in "a transparent and substantial material" -- think Plexiglass.
This is not the first time Burton has introduced this type of bill. The security of the House floor has been a mission for Burton over the last 20 years. In 1983, during his first term in Congress, he co-sponsored a bill introduced by Rep. Andrew Jacobs Jr. (D-Ind.), that would "enclose the galleries of the House of Representatives with a transparent and substantial material."
A bill that Burton introduced in 2007, also calls for the Galleries to be sealed and for audio equipment to broadcast floor proceedings into the gallery. In the introduction to the bill, Burton cites the "first bombing of the Capitol" in 1915 (when a former Harvard professor planted a bomb in the Senate Reception Room), among other violent acts carried out around the floor of the House as justification for the construction and resulting expenditure.
CBS News reports that an aide to Burton says the lawmaker plans to introduce the bill next week, in the wake of a shooting in front of a Tucson supermarket that left six people dead and 13 wounded, including Burton's colleague, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) (Police initially said 14 were wounded, but have corrected the number.)
| January 12, 2011; 12:15 PM ET
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