Jakarta, CNBC Indonesia -The United States (US) House of Representatives (DPR) canceled the session planned for Thursday (4/3/2021). This happened after police warned on Wednesday (3/3/2021) that a militia group planned to attack the congress building, Capitol Hill.
Previously, this building was the target of a pro Donald Trump attack on January 6. At least five people died from the attack.
Reported ReutersAuthorities say center-right extremists are planning this attack. They were among a crowd of former Trump supporters who stormed the Capitol two months ago to disrupt the formal certification of US President Joe Biden’s victory.
“The US Capitol Police Department is aware of and prepared for any potential threats to members of Congress or the Capitol complex,” the agency said in a statement.
The Capitol Police said it was working with state and federal local agencies to stop any threats. “We are taking intelligence seriously,” the agency stressed.
The police have indeed made significant security improvements at the Capitol, home to the US House of Representatives and Senate. Before it was canceled, the US House of Representatives had an agenda to discuss the police reform bill.
Meanwhile, the US Senate has acknowledged that it will continue to hold the hearing this Thursday despite the threat of an invasion. The Senate will discuss Biden’s additional stimulus to deal with the impact of Covid-19 worth US $ 1.9 trillion (Rp.26,000 trillion).
This stimulus has previously been approved by the US House of Representatives. Discussions are now awaiting the Senate and if there is a green light, the bill will be signed as law by Biden.
Since January 6, National Guard troops have been dispatched to the Capitol grounds and high fences have been erected to extend the security boundaries. Acting Sgt. Timothy Blodgett told lawmakers that the Capitol Police department had improved its security posture.
Congress has held hearings about the riots. Congressional leaders in the coming days are also expected to accept recommendations for new permanent security measures in the Capitol.
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