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Posted at 12:15 PM ET, 01/12/2011

GOP Rep. Burton wants to enclose House Galleries in Plexiglass (again)

By Emi Kolawole

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.)

By Emi Kolawole  | January 12, 2011; 12:15 PM ET
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Burton must have a guilty conscience from something. The guy wants to seal himself off.

Posted by: Maddogg | January 12, 2011 9:29 PM | Report abuse

How about limiting the availability of weaponry like automatic and semi-automatic guns? That way the rest of us will be a little safer, too.

Posted by: MNUSA | January 12, 2011 7:49 PM | Report abuse

Hoosiers are not supposed to be cowards!!!

Posted by: SanchosR | January 12, 2011 6:14 PM | Report abuse

And what protection do we have from the Elected Special Interest Predators?

I'd suggest Dan Burton wear a Roman Warrior Armor at work. or better yet, he can quit the job if it is too dangerous.

Posted by: kishorgala | January 12, 2011 2:14 PM | Report abuse

Exactly how much more important are elected representatives of the people than the people who elected them?
Another perverse ego trip!

Posted by: photog | January 12, 2011 1:16 PM | Report abuse

This is the sort of over-the-top reaction that a better understanding of security and threat risks would alleviate.

Fred Burton, Vice-President of Intelligence for Stratfor, offers a good analysis this week for off-Capitol Hill security. This is where US Capitol Police need to focus post-Arizona for lessons and improvement.

Adding a thick bullet-proof "shield" to the gallery would not seem to be a justified expenditure where security to gain entrance to the Capitol is deemed already adequate (metal detectors, screening, etc). Perhaps I could suggest a thick, bullet-proof bubble to permanently surround the congressman, instead?

Posted by: ldmark | January 12, 2011 12:53 PM | Report abuse

This is the sort of over-the-top reaction that a better understanding of security and threat risks would alleviate.

Fred Burton, Vice-President of Intelligence for Stratfor, offers a good analysis this week for off-Capitol Hill security. This is where US Capitol Police need to focus post-Arizona for lessons and improvement.

Adding a thick bullet-proof "shield" to the gallery would not seem to be a justified expenditure where security to gain entrance to the Capitol is deemed already adequate (metal detectors, screening, etc). Perhaps I could suggest a thick, bullet-proof bubble to permanently surround the congressman, instead?

Posted by: ldmark | January 12, 2011 12:52 PM | Report abuse

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